Occupational Therapists Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for occupational therapists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of occupational therapists amongst California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Occupational Therapists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$52,160
25th Percentile Wage
$75,460
50th Percentile Wage
$92,670
75th Percentile Wage
$108,450
90th Percentile Wage
$123,850

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for occupational therapists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $123,850. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $92,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $52,160.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25.08
25th Percentile Wage
$36.28
50th Percentile Wage
$44.55
75th Percentile Wage
$52.14
90th Percentile Wage
$59.54

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for occupational therapists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $59.54. The median hourly salary is $44.55. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25.08.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of occupational therapists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201692,6701.08%5.52%
201591,6700.63%-
201491,0901.72%-
201389,5202.20%-
201287,550--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Occupational Therapists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of occupational therapists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of occupational therapists in state of California ranges from $24,410 to $106,510. The highest paying area for occupational therapists in California is Vallejo-Fairfield with a median annual salary of $106,510. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $103,370). The lowest paying area is North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $24,410.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Vallejo-Fairfield
$106,510
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$103,370
Salinas
$103,330
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$99,820
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$99,440
Visalia-Porterville
$98,740
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$96,550
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$95,980
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$95,460
Fresno
$95,340
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$95,120
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$94,850
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$93,600
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$93,060
Bakersfield-Delano
$92,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$91,970
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$91,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$90,830
Napa
$90,280
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$89,230
Redding
$81,580
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$72,650
Stockton
$69,500
Modesto
$44,670
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$24,410


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