Occupational therapist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Occupational therapist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Nevada $94,300
New Jersey $95,090
California $97,260
District of Columbia $91,950
Arizona $88,606
Virginia $92,110
Connecticut $89,810
Oregon $90,570
Texas $87,780
Colorado $86,740
Maryland $90,790
New York $83,530
Massachusetts $87,940
Alaska $87,440
Delaware $84,890
Ohio $84,320
Louisiana $84,650
Utah $84,680
Illinois $80,365
Tennessee $84,600
North Carolina $84,700
Alabama $83,320
Rhode Island $79,730
Arkansas $78,730
Hawaii $85,940
Indiana $78,252
Oklahoma $83,590
Georgia $82,880
Wyoming $79,290
New Mexico $79,590
Mississippi $80,520
Florida $84,870
Washington $80,300
Idaho $82,350
West Virginia $79,690
Pennsylvania $76,802
Iowa $78,510
New Hampshire $80,360
Kentucky $78,720
Kansas $79,530
South Carolina $79,460
Michigan $74,750
Nebraska $76,170
Vermont $77,620
Missouri $76,560
Montana $72,820
Minnesota $73,760
Wisconsin $74,180
Maine $68,920
South Dakota $68,200
North Dakota $67,020
Puerto Rico $35,170

How much does an Occupational Therapist earn?

Demand for occupational therapy services is related to the ability of patients to pay, either directly or through health insurance. The number of individuals who have access to occupational therapy services may increase because of federal health insurance reform. Both rehabilitation and habilitation services are listed among the essential health benefits that insurers will need to cover once reforms are implemented.

In May 2012, the median annual wages for occupational therapists in the top five industries in which these therapists worked were as follows:

Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities) - $83,430
Home health care services - $82,310
Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists - $77,430
Hospitals; state, local, and private - $75,140
Elementary and secondary schools; state, local, and private - $66,610

The median annual salary for occupational therapists was $78,810 in 2014, according to the BLS. The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made $112,950, while the bottom 10 percent made $65,020. Occupational therapists that work for scientific research and development services are generally compensated very well, as are the therapists that work in the metropolitan areas of Las Vegas; Beaumont, Texas; and Daytona Beach, Florida.

How do occupational therapist salaries compare to similar careers?

Occupational therapists earn 6% less than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make less than health services managers but more than genetic counselors.

Career Median Salary
Health services manager salary $100K
Nurse practitioner salary $105K
Neuropsychologist salary $102K
Biomedical engineer salary $88K
Radiation therapist salary $86K
Occupational therapist salary $84K
Speech language pathologist salary $82K
Clinical psychologist salary $78K
Counseling psychologist salary $78K
Genetic counselor salary $82K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)