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Senior Occupational Therapist Salary

With over four-fifths of Senior Occupational Therapists in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $64K to $99K per year and averages out to $78K annually. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. Women make up the vast majority of Senior Occupational Therapists (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire.
$60,218 - $94,465
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$60K
$78K
$94K
MEDIAN: $77,703
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$32.34 - $47.64
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$32
$39
$48
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$60,218 - $94,465  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,978  
Total Pay (?
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$63,649 - $98,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$32.34 - $47.64  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,978  
   
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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$63,649 - $98,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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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

  • 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.
  • Select and recommend activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills consistent with their needs and capabilities.
  • 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.

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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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pediatrics. Many workers who know Geriatrics also know Rehabilitation.

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Experience Affects Senior Occupational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$80,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Senior Occupational Therapist Salaries

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
up arrow 8%

Geriatrics
0%

Rehabilitation
0%

National Average
$80,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 16%