The average salary for an occupational therapist in the United States is around $72,318 per year.
This is 38% above the national average. Updated in 2018.
Occupational therapists earn an average yearly salary of $72,318. Wages typically start from $57,842 and go up to $132,833.
Occupational therapist earnings by seniority
Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.
Occupational therapist salary by state
|State Name||Average Salary|
|District of Columbia||$91,950|
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?
|Nurse educator salary||$61K|
|Anesthesiologist assistant salary||$109K|
|Informatics nurse specialist salary||$89K|
|Occupational therapist salary||$72K|
|Radiation therapist salary||$82K|
|Clinical psychologist salary||$77K|
|Counseling psychologist salary||$77K|
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)