Senior Occupational Therapist Salary

Senior Occupational Therapists in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and over four-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $78K annually, but may range from $64K to $99K per year. Work is enjoyable for Senior Occupational Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Senior Occupational Therapists (85 percent) who responded to the survey are women. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half.

$60,723 - $94,138
(Median)
$61K
$78K
$94K
MEDIAN: $77,952
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$32.69 - $48.27
(Median)
$33
$40
$48
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$60,723 - $94,138  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,989  
Total Pay (?
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$63,637 - $99,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$32.69 - $48.27  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $67.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,989  
   
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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$63,637 - $99,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105

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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.

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 $70K per year.

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Senior Occupational Therapists usually report a few specific 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. It is not unusual for someone who knows Geriatrics to be familiar with Rehabilitation as well.

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Experience Affects Senior Occupational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$80,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Senior Occupational Therapist Salaries

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
up arrow 7%

Geriatrics
up arrow 1%

Rehabilitation
0%

National Average
$80,000

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 16%