Senior Occupational Therapist Salary

Over four-fifths of Senior Occupational Therapists in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $64K to $99K per year, and the average comes out to $79K annually. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Occupational Therapists. There are far more female Senior Occupational Therapists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 85 percent. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$60,619 - $95,554
(Median)
$61K
$79K
$96K
MEDIAN: $78,534
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$32.80 - $48.56
(Median)
$33
$40
$49
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$60,619 - $95,554  
   
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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$63,702 - $99,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$32.80 - $48.56  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $67.04  
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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$63,702 - $99,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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 often transition into a Registered Occupational Therapist position. Registered Occupational Therapists report a slightly lower median income of $70K.

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Professional skills reported by Senior Occupational Therapists are few in number. Most notably, skills in Certified Hand Therapist, Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Pediatrics. Geriatrics and Rehabilitation are also commonly seen together.

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Experience Affects Senior Occupational Therapist Salaries

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National Average
$81,000

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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
$81,000

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%
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