Occupational therapist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Occupational therapist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Nevada $92,810
Texas $92,230
New Jersey $90,660
Virginia $90,640
Connecticut $88,720
California $92,670
District of Columbia $85,930
New York $82,450
Colorado $82,780
Maryland $87,690
Delaware $84,270
Arizona $85,940
Massachusetts $85,990
Ohio $81,800
West Virginia $80,280
Oregon $86,490
Florida $84,990
Tennessee $82,830
Illinois $82,280
Alabama $79,880
Georgia $82,960
Washington $79,820
North Carolina $81,340
Louisiana $77,860
Mississippi $80,830
Arkansas $78,680
Rhode Island $79,250
Utah $80,390
Kentucky $78,840
Kansas $79,190
New Hampshire $79,420
Oklahoma $80,170
New Mexico $78,800
Michigan $73,560
Pennsylvania $76,950
South Carolina $77,510
Alaska $79,000
Hawaii $77,970
Indiana $75,360
Nebraska $73,820
Vermont $75,190
Iowa $74,120
Wyoming $72,710
Missouri $73,570
Idaho $74,280
Minnesota $72,420
Montana $69,610
Wisconsin $68,230
North Dakota $63,170
Maine $64,140
South Dakota $62,370
Puerto Rico $38,980

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 about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than optometrists but more than radiation therapists.

Career Median Salary
Optometrist salary $110K
Pharmacist salary $102K
Nurse practitioner salary $104K
Nurse educator salary $62K
Anesthesiologist assistant salary $105K
Occupational therapist salary $74K
Neuropsychologist salary $98K
Informatics nurse specialist salary $88K
Speech language pathologist salary $66K
Radiation therapist salary $81K