Senior Occupational Therapist Salary

Senior Occupational Therapists in the United States take home approximately $42.35 per hour on average. The majority of Senior Occupational Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Senior Occupational Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$60,297 - $98,960
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$33.97 - $51.62
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MEDIAN: $42.35
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$60,297 - $98,960  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
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$66,959 - $104,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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$33.97 - $51.62  
   
Overtime
$21.85 - $72.50  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,500  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$66,959 - $104,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 62

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Job Description for Senior Occupational Therapist

Positions as a senior occupational therapist are available in a wide variety of locations, ranging from government departments to senior living homes. Many of these positions require a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. Most require relevant experience in a similar environment, in addition to certifications. Most commonly, this includes the National Certification Examination for Registered Occupational Therapists, although requirements vary by position and location.

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Senior Occupational Therapist Tasks

  • Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs and coordinate with other therapeutic activities.
  • Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
  • Select and recommend activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills consistent with their needs and capabilities.
  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine rehabilitation goals for patient.
  • Help clients improve decision making, abstract reasoning, memory, sequencing, coordination and perceptual skills using computer programs.

Common Career Paths for Senior Occupational Therapist


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Many Senior Occupational Therapists transition into upper-level roles like Registered Occupational Therapist. However, Registered Occupational Therapists do report a slightly lower median income of $71K per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Occupational Therapist


Survey takers who work as Senior Occupational Therapists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Certified Hand Therapist, Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Geriatrics also know Pediatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Occupational Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Senior Occupational Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Occupational Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 14 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Occupational Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 23 salaries. An experienced Senior Occupational Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 57 salaries. A Senior Occupational Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 41 salaries.

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Key Stats for Senior Occupational Therapist

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Senior Occupational Therapist Salaries

▲3%

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National Average
$85,000

Entry-Level
▼19%

Skills That Affect Senior Occupational Therapist Salaries

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
▲3%

▲2%

Rehabilitation
▼0%

Pediatrics
▼0%

National Average
$85,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 14%