Occupational Therapy, as a career, is demanding as well as rewarding. Occupational therapists work for the well-being of the people going through physical, mental, emotional or any other kinds of disabilities, illnesses, trauma, etc. If you are planning to pursue a course in this field, the first thing that will come in your mind is what is the annual and hourly Occupational Therapist salary? There are many aspects that play a crucial role in deciding the payscale of an OT. The first and foremost out of them is the designation. Occupational therapy  professionals at distinct levels are offered with different salaries. Salary of an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) or Aide is less as compared to that of an Occupational Therapist. Other factors that determine the income of an OT are education level, geographic location, experience, work settings, working hours, etc. Besides basic salary, you can get the bonus and other perks. As of March 22, 2016, these professionals made $86,000 (as per the statistics of indeed.com). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean hourly wages of OTs in May 2015 was $39.27 while the mean annual income was $81,690.

Highest Paying States for Occupational Therapists

As per indeed.com, salary of the occupational therapists was $86,000 per annum (as of March 22, 2016).

Highest Paying States for Occupational Therapists

State

Annual Mean Wage

Hourly Mean Wage

Nevada $98,930 $47.56
Texas $94,360 $45.37
New Jersey $89,960 $43.25
California $88,850 $42.72
District of Columbia $87,400 $42.02

Information Source –The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2015)

Nevada topped the list of the highest paying states by offering $47.56 per hour and $98,930 per annum. District of Columbia was 5th in this list and offered $42.02 per hour and $87,400 per annum.

Career Outlook for Occupational Therapists

According to the reports of the BLS, the job opportunities for occupational therapists are supposed to grow by 27 percent from 2014 to 2024. Thus, a bright future is looking ahead for the students pursuing their occupational therapy degree.

States with Highest Employment Level in Occupational Therapy

States with Highest Employment Level in Occupational Therapy

State

Employment

Mean Wage (Annual)

Mean Wage (Hourly)

California 10,210 $88,850 $42.72
New York 8,680 $81,060 $38.97
Texas 8,260 $94,360 $45.37
Pennsylvania 6,480 $75,930 $36.51
Florida 5,890 $85,520 $41.12

Information Source – The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2015)

California topped this list and employed 10,210 OTs in the year 2015 while Florida employed 5,890 occupational therapists.

Annual Occupational Therapist Salary by Percentile

  • The salary of 90% occupational therapists was less than $116,030; while the salary of 10% of them was more than $116,030.
  • 75% of them earned less than $96,590; whereas 25% made above $96,590.
  • 50% made below $80,150; while wage of the other 50% was more than $80,150
  • 25% of occupational therapists were paid less than $66,040; whereas 75% of them were salaried more than $66,040.
  • 10% occupational therapists earned less than $53,250; while 90% of them were remunerated more than $53,250.

Annual Occupational Therapist Salary by Percentile

Percentile Bracket

Annual Wages

90% $116,030
75% $96,590
50% $80,150
25% $66,040
10% $53,250

Hourly Salary of Occupational Therapists on Different Percentile Brackets

  • 90% of the occupational therapists earned less than $55.78; whereas 10% of them made more than $55.78.
  • 75% of them were remunerated less than $46.44; while 25% of them got more than $46.44.
  • 50% of the therapists were salaried below $38.54; whereas wage the rest 50% was more than $38.54.
  • 25% of the OT professionals made less than $31.75; while 75% of them earned more than $31.75.
  • The income of 10% of them was less than $25.60; while 90% of them were offered more them $25.60.

Hourly Salary of Occupational Therapists on Different Percentile Brackets

Percentile Bracket

Hourly Wages

90% $55.78
75% $46.44
50% $38.54
25% $31.75
10% $25.60

Information Source –The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2015)

Highest Paying Metropolitan Areas for Occupational Therapists

Highest Paying Metropolitan Areas for Occupational Therapists

Mertropolitan Area

Annual Mean Wage

Hourly Mean Wage

Longview, TX $121,730 $58.53
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL $120,360 $57.86
Waco, TX $119,630 $57.52
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX $113,360 $54.50
Lubbock, TX $113,070 $54.36
Laredo, TX $110,350 $53.05
Salinas, CA $107,600 $51.73
College Station-Brayan, TX $104,950 $50.46
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV $104,720 $50.35
Port St. Lucie, FL $103,820 $49.91

Information Source –The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2015)

Various Job Titles Available for Occupational Therapaists with Average Annual Salaries

Various Job Titles Available for Occupational Therapaists with Average Annual Salaries

Occupational Therapists Rehab $86,000
Occupational Therapists Hand $92,000
Occupational Therapists Pediatric Outpatient $86,000
Occupational Therapists Pediatric $86,000
Occupational Therapist Occupational Therapy $86,000
Occupational Therapists Rotation $51,000
Occupational Therapists Skilled $86,000
Outpatient Occupational Therapists $95,000
Occupational Therapists School $86,000
OT Occupational Therapist Therapy $101,000
Occupational Therapists Acute $86,000
OT Occupational Therapy $102,000
Occupational Therapist Outpatient $86,000
Occupational Therapists Home Health $94,000
Occupational Therapists Psych $86,000

Information Source: indeed.com (as of March 22, 2016)

OT Occupational Therapy made the highest salary, i.e., $102,000 per annum. With $51,000 per year, Occupational Therapists Rotation were the least paid professionals. The average annual income of most of the OTs was reported to be $86,000.

Salaries of Occupational Therapists in Different States of the United States

Though the duties and responsibilities of occupational therapists in all the states of the US are similar, but their salaries are different.

Name of the State

Salary

Alabama $88,000
Alaska $64,000
Arizona $71,000
Arkansas $88,000
California $93,000
Colorado $77,000
Connecticut $100,000
Delaware $76,000
District of Columbia $109,000
Florida $81,000
Georgia $99,000
Hawaii $53,000
Idaho $57,000
Illinois $98,000
Indiana $83,000
Iowa $85,000
Kansas $79,000
Kentucky $75,000
Louisiana $77,000
Maine $77,000
Maryland $89,000
Massachusetts $104,000
Michigan $87,000
Minnesota $76,000
Mississippi $91,000
Missouri $85,000
Montana $72,000
Nebraska $63,000
Nevada $66,000
New Hampshire $85,000
New Jersey $93,000
New Mexico $75,000
New York $105,000
North Carolina $83,000
North Dakota $77000
Ohio $83,000
Oklahoma $80,000
Oregon $84,000
Pennsylvania $84,000
Rhode Island $79,000
South Carolina $85,000
South Dakota $65,000
Tennessee $80,000
Texas $84,000
Utah $67,000
Vermont $76,000
Virginia $87,000
Washington $89,000
West Virginia $82,000
Wisconsin $77,000
Wyoming $71,000

Information Source –indeed.com (as of March 22, 2016)

Least Paying States for Occupational Therapists in the United States

Least Paying States for Occupational Therapists in the United States

Name of the state

Salary

Hawaii $53,000
Idaho $57,000
Nebraska $63,000
Alaska $64,000
South Dakota $65,000

Information Source –indeed.com (as of March 22, 2016)

Among all states, Hawaii paid the least salary (i.e. $53,000) to the occupational therapists.

Independent Practice Vs. Employment

Occupational therapists may practice in numerous work settings, but there are some OTs who prefer to work independently. In the past few years, the number of self-employed occupational therapists has increased tremendously. They get contracts from consulting services, nursing care facilities, home health care agencies, schools or adult day care programs. Professionals working independently can set their own work schedule. On the other hand, an employed OT has fixed work timings and sometimes, they may have to work on holidays, weekends and in night shifts. Self-employed OTs earn more income than OTs employed by others.

Benefits Other Than Salary

Other than salary, occupational therapists get many monetary and non-monetary perks. It includes:

  • Bonus
  • Pension
  • Disability coverage
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Sick leaves

Some employers also provide financial aid for the further education of their employees.