Senior Occupational Therapist Salary
Median pay for Senior Occupational Therapists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $42.35 per hour. For the most part, Senior Occupational Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Senior Occupational Therapists (86 percent) who participated in the survey are women. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
|Salary||$58,734 - $99,198|
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|$66,881 - $105,981|
|Hourly Rate||$34.25 - $52.43|
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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.Read More...
The exact duties of senior occupational therapists may depend on the specific position, but these professionals generally provide occupational therapy services to patients. This includes an initial assessment and planning treatments, which can vary based on the severity of a case and the patient’s expected recovery time. Every step of the therapy process must be documented and carefully explained to all parties to ensure full understanding. These steps must also follow the standard practices for therapy, as well as policies and procedures set by their company and government regulators. As a senior-level position, there is generally minimal supervision, so senior occupational therapists must be able to work independently.
Senior occupational therapists work indoors, and travel is generally not required. Communications may include referrals to specialists and contact with other family members. There are generally minimal physical requirements necessary for the job, while work hours typically vary depending on the needs of the employer.
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.
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Popular Skills for Senior Occupational Therapist
Survey takers who work as Senior Occupational Therapists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Certified Hand Therapist, Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Geriatrics indicates knowledge of 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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