With more than 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 $66K to $104K per year and averages out to $79K per year. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women make up the vast majority of Senior Occupational Therapists (82 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction for Senior Occupational Therapists is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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MEDIAN: $79,108
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National Salary Data (?
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$62,809 - $97,558  
   
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$2,500  
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$65,618 - $103,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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$33.08 - $51.08  
   
Overtime
$21.85 - $74.77  
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Bonus
$2,500  
   
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$65,618 - $103,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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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Senior Occupational Therapists who take on a higher-level position such as Registered Occupational Therapist may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Registered Occupational Therapists on average bring home $71K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Occupational Therapist


Survey takers who work as 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Pediatrics. The majority of those who know Geriatrics also know Pediatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Occupational Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $68K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $87K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Occupational Therapists make a median salary of $84K. Senior Occupational Therapists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Senior Occupational Therapist Salaries

Mid-Career
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National Average
$84,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Occupational Therapist Salaries

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
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Geriatrics
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Rehabilitation
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National Average
$84,000

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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