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 August 31, 2018, these professionals made $90,189 (as per the statistics of indeed.com). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean hourly wages of OTs in May 2017 was $40.69 while the mean annual income was $84,640.

Highest Paying States for Occupational Therapists

As per indeed.com, salary of the occupational therapists was $90,189 per annum (as of August 31, 2018).

Highest Paying States for Occupational Therapists

State

Annual Mean Wage

Hourly Mean Wage

Nevada$103,280$49.65
Texas$94,530$45.45
New Jersey$94,100$45.24
District of Columbia$93,110$44.77
Connecticut$90,760$43.63

Table Source –The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2017)

Nevada topped the list of the highest paying states by offering $49.65 per hour and $103,280 per annum. Connecticut was 5th in this list and offered $43.63 per hour and $90,760 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 24 percent from 2016 to 2026. 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)

California10,620$89,870$43.21
Texas10,170$94,530$45.45
New York9,080$87,260$41.95
Pennsylvania7,310$79,860$38.40
Florida6,600$84,260$40.51

Table Source – The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2017)

California topped this list and employed 10,620 OTs in the year 2017 while Florida employed 6,600 occupational therapists.

Annual Occupational Therapist Salary by Percentile (as of BLS May 2017)

  • The salary of 90% occupational therapists was less than $120,440; while the salary of 10% of them was more than $120,440.
  • 75% of them earned less than $100,320; whereas 25% made above $100,320.
  • 50% made below $83,200; while wage of the other 50% was more than $83,200
  • 25% of occupational therapists were paid less than $67,970; whereas 75% of them were salaried more than $67,970.
  • 10% occupational therapists earned less than $54,560; while 90% of them were remunerated more than $54,560.

Annual Occupational Therapist Salary by Percentile as of May 2015

Percentile Bracket

Annual Wages

90%$120,440
75%$100,320
50%$83,200
25%$67,970
10%$54,560

Hourly Salary of Occupational Therapists on Different Percentile Brackets (as of BLS May 2017)

  • 90% of the occupational therapists earned less than $57.91; whereas 10% of them made more than $57.91.
  • 75% of them were remunerated less than $48.23; while 25% of them got more than $48.23.
  • 50% of the therapists were salaried below $40.00; whereas wage the rest 50% was more than $40.00.
  • 25% of the OT professionals made less than $32.68; while 75% of them earned more than $32.68.
  • The income of 10% of them was less than $26.23; while 90% of them were offered more them $26.23.

Hourly Salary of Occupational Therapists on Different Percentile Brackets

Percentile Bracket

Hourly Wages

90%$57.91
75%$48.23
50%$40.00
25%$32.68
10%$26.23

Table Source –The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2017)

Highest Paying Metropolitan Areas for Occupational Therapists

Highest Paying Metropolitan Areas for Occupational Therapists

Mertropolitan Area

Annual Mean Wage

Hourly Mean Wage

Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division$113,030$54.34
Longview, TX$$112,480$54.08
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV$110,250$53.01
Colorado Springs, CO$110,130$52.95
Lubbock, TX$109,000$52.40
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX$108,610$52.21
Tyler, TX$104,660$50.32
Waco, TX$$104,410$50.20
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA$104,080$50.04
Hammond, LA$103,860$49.93

Table Source –The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2017)

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$80,478
Alaska$90,528
Arizona$67,538
Arkansas$64,941
California$109,325
Colorado$75,902
Connecticut$108,980
Delaware$79,791
District of Columbia$91,260
Florida$86,362
Georgia$73,069
Hawaii$79,326
Idaho$89,357
Illinois$90,563
Indiana$69,493
Iowa$83,012
Kansas$76,957
Kentucky$45,781
Louisiana$86,611
Maine$51,034
Maryland$90,293
Massachusetts$82,389
Michigan$77,896
Minnesota$75,858
Mississippi$82,757
Missouri$79,144
Montana$73,070
Nebraska$74,547
Nevada$93,955
New Hampshire$66,144
New Jersey$79,922
New Mexico$81,349
New York$98,093
North Carolina$71,698
North Dakota$42,806
Ohio$76,502
Oklahoma$80,966
Oregon$82,347
Pennsylvania$107,120
Rhode Island$87,402
South Carolina$95,555
South Dakota$81,045
Tennessee$76,638
Texas$82,233
Utah$80,065
Vermont$74,048
Virginia$97,011
Washington$73,629
West Virginia$83,554
Wisconsin$61,610
Wyoming$65,483

Information Source –indeed.com (as of August, 2018)

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

North Dakota$42,806
Kentucky$45,781
Maine$51,034
Arkansas$64,941
New Hampshire$66,144

Information Source –indeed.com (as of August, 2018)

Among all states, North Dakota paid the least salary (i.e. $42,806) 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.