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Highest Paying Industries for Occupational Therapists

The top 77 highest paying industries for occupational therapists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $133,700, research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences is the highest paying industry for occupational therapists. It is followed by scientific research and development services industry (average annual salary $130,530). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of occupational therapists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 77 Highest Paying Industries for Occupational Therapists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$133,700
n/a
2 Scientific Research and Development Services
$130,530
n/a
3 Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$86,690
10,420
4 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$86,410
280
5 Home Health Care Services
$86,010
10,020
6 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$85,540
12,370
7 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$84,550
280
8 Temporary Help Services
$84,230
2,140
9 Employment Services
$83,920
2,730
10 Administrative and Support Services
$83,770
2,750
11 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$83,770
2,750
12 Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$83,390
1,320
13 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$82,670
41,850
14 All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$82,400
160
15 Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$82,400
160
16 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$82,230
27,140
17 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$81,920
28,040
18 Offices of Physicians
$81,620
2,240
19 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$81,520
n/a
20 Health Care and Social Assistance
$80,940
88,620
21 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$80,140
5,100
22 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$80,040
5,310
23 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$79,270
200
24 Hospitals - Local government owned
$79,240
2,590
25 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$79,010
2,500
26 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$78,730
830
27 Hospitals - Privately owned
$78,520
26,720
28 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$78,400
30,620
29 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$78,300
24,720
30 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$78,190
21,390
31 Federal government, including USPS
$77,880
1,230
32 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$77,880
1,230
33 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$77,100
430
34 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$76,940
60
35 Finance and Insurance
$76,940
60
36 Outpatient Care Centers
$76,900
1,360
37 Insurance Carriers
$76,400
60
38 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$76,040
60
39 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$75,960
230
40 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$75,840
50
41 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$75,400
3,360
42 Federal, State, and Local Government
$75,400
3,360
43 Hospitals - State government owned
$75,070
1,300
44 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$74,790
1,270
45 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$74,600
110
46 State government, including schools and hospitals
$72,770
2,430
47 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$72,730
170
48 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$72,370
270
49 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$71,520
20,620
50 Individual and Family Services
$71,130
1,990
51 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$70,840
590
52 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$70,420
16,960
53 Offices of Chiropractors
$70,390
30
54 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$70,330
860
55 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$70,120
50
56 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$70,020
270
57 Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$69,320
150
58 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$68,680
70
59 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$68,670
350
60 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$68,560
12,690
61 Educational Services - Local government owned
$68,510
13,090
62 Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$68,400
1,110
63 Educational Services
$68,260
15,090
64 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$68,250
14,370
65 Child Day Care Services
$67,270
n/a
66 Educational Services - Privately owned
$66,320
1,720
67 Educational Support Services
$65,930
420
68 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$65,920
1,590
69 Educational Services - State government owned
$65,800
270
70 Educational Support Services - Local government owned
$65,070
370
71 Social Assistance
$64,610
3,780
72 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$59,120
510
73 Elementary and Secondary Schools - State government owned
$58,960
100
74 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$54,620
360
75 Other Residential Care Facilities
$51,270
120
76 Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$51,050
420
77 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$46,230
1,070
See also: Highest paying cities for occupational therapists.