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
Virginia $92,110
Connecticut $89,810
Oregon $90,570
Colorado $86,740
Texas $87,780
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
Tennessee $84,600
North Carolina $84,700
Illinois $84,820
Alabama $83,320
Rhode Island $79,730
Hawaii $85,940
Oklahoma $83,590
Georgia $82,880
Wyoming $79,290
Arkansas $78,730
New Mexico $79,590
Mississippi $80,520
Florida $84,870
Washington $80,300
Idaho $82,350
West Virginia $79,690
Pennsylvania $78,340
Iowa $78,510
Indiana $81,610
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 about the same as related careers in North Carolina. On average, they make less than anesthesiologist assistants but more than radiation therapists.

Career Median Salary
Anesthesiologist assistant salary $102K
Nurse practitioner salary $102K
Informatics nurse specialist salary $90K
Biomedical engineer salary $87K
Physical therapist salary $87K
Occupational therapist salary $85K
Orthotist and prosthetist salary $74K
Clinical psychologist salary $62K
Counseling psychologist salary $62K
Radiation therapist salary $75K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)