Senior Occupational Therapist Salary

Senior Occupational Therapists in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — over four-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $64K to $101K per year, median earnings come to $79K annually. Most Senior Occupational Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Senior Occupational Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 82 percent. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$60,966 - $96,661
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$61K
$79K
$97K
MEDIAN: $78,601
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$33.30 - $49.38
(Median)
$33
$41
$49
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$60,966 - $96,661  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,596  
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$64,492 - $101,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 133
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Hourly Rate
$33.30 - $49.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $71.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,596  
   
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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$64,492 - $101,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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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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Although many Senior Occupational Therapists transition into Registered Occupational Therapist roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $70K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Occupational Therapist


Senior Occupational Therapists report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Certified Hand Therapist, Rehabilitation, Geriatrics, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Pediatrics. For most people, competency in Geriatrics indicates knowledge of Pediatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Occupational Therapist

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


Senior Occupational Therapists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $72K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $80K. Senior Occupational Therapists bring in $82K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $84K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Senior Occupational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$82,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Occupational Therapist Salaries

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
up arrow 7%

Rehabilitation
up arrow 3%

Geriatrics
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National Average
$82,000

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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