Senior Occupational Therapist Salary

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 $64K to $100K per year and averages out to $79K per year. Work is enjoyable for Senior Occupational Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Senior Occupational Therapists (85 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$61,078 - $95,619
(Median)
$61K
$79K
$96K
MEDIAN: $78,655
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$32.78 - $48.61
(Median)
$33
$40
$49
MEDIAN: $40
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$61,078 - $95,619  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
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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$63,955 - $99,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$32.78 - $48.61  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $67.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
   
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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$63,955 - $99,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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 move into Registered Occupational Therapist roles. Registered Occupational Therapists seem to make a little less than Senior Occupational Therapists as their salaries average out to $70K a year.

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Job skills reported by Senior Occupational Therapists are limited. 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. Aptitude in Geriatrics tends to also indicate an understanding of Rehabilitation.

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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)
up arrow 6%

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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