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 to 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 September 7, 2019, these professionals made $44.57 per hour (as per the statistics of indeed.com). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean hourly wages of OTs in May 2018 was $41.04 while the mean annual income was $85,350.

Highest Paying States for Occupational Therapists

As per indeed.com, salary of the occupational therapists was $44.57 per hour (as of September 7, 2019).

Highest Paying States for Occupational Therapists

State

Annual Mean Wage Hourly Mean Wage
Nevada $100,970 $48.54
New Jersey $96,600 $46.44
California $95,160 $45.75
Arizona $94,800 $45.58
District of Columbia $94,360 $45.36

Table Source –The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2018)

Nevada topped the list of the highest paying states by offering $48.54 per hour and $100,970 per annum. District of Columbia was 5th in this list and offered $45.36 per hour and $94,360 per annum.

Career Outlook for Occupational Therapists

According to the reports of the BLS, the job opportunities for occupational therapists are supposed to grow by18 percent from 2018 to 2028. 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)
New York 9,740 $88,370 $42.49
California 9,580 $95,160 $45.75
Texas 9,250 $89,360 $42.96
Pennsylvania 7,440 $81,030 $38.96
Florida 6,750 $81,520 $39.19

Table Source – The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2018)

New York topped this list and employed 9,740 OTs in the year 2018 while Florida employed 6,750 occupational therapists.

Annual Occupational Therapist Salary by Percentile (as of BLS May 2018)

  • The salary of 90% occupational therapists was less than $120,750; while the salary of 10% of them was more than $120,750.
  • 75% of them earned less than $100,890; whereas 25% made above $100,890.
  • 50% made below $84,270; while wage of the other 50% was more than $84,270.
  • 25% of occupational therapists were paid less than $68,760; whereas 75% of them were salaried more than $68,760.
  • 10% occupational therapists earned less than $55,490; while 90% of them were remunerated more than $55,490.

Annual Occupational Therapist Salary by Percentile

Percentile Bracket

Annual Wages
90% $120,750
75% $100,890
50% $84,270
25% $68,760
10% $55,490

Hourly Salary of Occupational Therapists on Different Percentile Brackets (as of BLS May 2018)

  • 90% of the occupational therapists earned less than $58.05; whereas 10% of them made more than $58.05.
  • 75% of them were remunerated less than $48.50; while 25% of them got more than $48.50.
  • 50% of the therapists were salaried below $40.51; whereas wage the rest 50% was more than $40.51.
  • 25% of the OT professionals made less than $33.06; while 75% of them earned more than $33.06.
  • The income of 10% of them was less than $26.68; while 90% of them were offered more them $26.68.

$55,490 Hourly Salary of Occupational Therapists on Different Percentile Brackets

Percentile Bracket

Hourly Wages
90% $58.05
75% $48.50
50% $40.51
25% $33.06
10% $26.68

Table Source –The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2018)

Highest Paying Metropolitan Areas for Occupational Therapists

Highest Paying Metropolitan Areas for Occupational Therapists

Mertropolitan Area

Annual Mean Wage Hourly Mean Wage
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA $96,310 $46.30
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI $85,190 $40.96
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA $95,090 $45.72
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD $88,760 $42.67
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH $87,960 $42.29
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX $96,790 $46.53
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV $95,940 $46.12
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI $83,530 $40.16
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL $79,060 $38.01
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD $88,630 $42.61

Table Source –The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2018)

Various Job Titles Available for Occupational Therapaists with Average Annual Salaries

Job Titles Available for Occupational Therapaists with Average Annual Salaries

Occupational Therapist $92,706
Director of Rehabilitation $90,294
Family Therapist $55,155
Occupational Health Nurse $75,765
Recreation Therapist $60,884
Outpatient Therapist $58,695
Occupational Therapy Aide $35,776
Occupational Health and Safety Manager $94,840
Senior Occupational Therapist $85,278
Physical Occupational Therapist $115,274
Junior Occupational Therapist $65,520
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor $48,884
Rehabilitation Manager $46,809
Recreation Aide $23,400
Rehabilitation Aide $24,918

Information Source: indeed.com (as of September 2019)

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 $86,709
Alaska $98,550
Arizona $89,357
Arkansas $81,596
California $103,355
Colorado $80,288
Connecticut $118,019
Delaware $81,812
District of Columbia $83,339
Florida $92,165
Georgia $86,070
Hawaii $73,756
Idaho $79,310
Illinois $94,494
Indiana $73,778
Iowa $64,993
Kansas $64,551
Kentucky $77,290
Louisiana $37,108
Maine $58,371
Maryland $95,909
Massachusetts $78,998
Michigan $72,571
Minnesota $76,045
Mississippi $91,073
Missouri $83,554
Montana $70,403
Nebraska $81,723
Nevada $98,987
New Hampshire $39,755
New Jersey $88,150
New Mexico $102,637
New York $107,286
North Carolina $87,027
North Dakota $62,592
Ohio $87,214
Oklahoma $60,006
Oregon $76,460
Pennsylvania $110,157
Rhode Island $87,679
South Carolina $89,856
South Dakota $64,206
Tennessee $53,677
Texas $97,032
Utah $86,819
Vermont $76,978
Virginia $77,323
Washington $77,106
West Virginia $86,382
Wisconsin $90,555
Wyoming $48,039

Information Source –indeed.com (as of September 2019)

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
Louisiana $37,108
New Hampshire $39,755
Wyoming $48,039
Tennessee $53,677
Maine $58,371

Information Source –indeed.com (as of September 2019)

Among all states, Lousiana paid the least salary ($37,108) 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.

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