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 among California areas 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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$54,090|
|25th Percentile Wage||$76,350|
|50th Percentile Wage||$93,380|
|75th Percentile Wage||$108,630|
|90th Percentile Wage||$123,600|
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 $123,600. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $93,380. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $54,090.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of occupational therapists from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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 $24,510 to $109,040. The highest paying area for occupational therapists in California is Vallejo-Fairfield with a median annual salary of $109,040. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Salinas (mean annual salary $106,240). The lowest paying area is North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $24,510.
|Cities/Areas||Median Annual Salary|
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City|| |
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont|| |
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville|| |
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara|| |
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma|| |
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario|| |
|Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale|| |
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos|| |
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana|| |
|Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|El Centro|| |
|Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta|| |
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles|| |
|North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |