Occupational Therapists Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

The salary statistics of occupational therapists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare occupational therapists salaries in different industries within the health care and social assistance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Occupational Therapists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$56,030
25th Percentile Wage
$69,280
50th Percentile Wage
$84,810
75th Percentile Wage
$101,480
90th Percentile Wage
$121,730

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for occupational therapists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) occupational therapists is $121,730. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $84,810. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid occupational therapists is $56,030.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of occupational therapists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$84,810
1.32% 9.08%
2016
$83,690
1.83% -
2015
$82,160
1.48% -
2014
$80,940
2.47% -
2013
$78,940
2.32% -
2012
$77,110
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Compare Occupational Therapists Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of occupational therapists in 41 industries in the health care and social assistance sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for occupational therapists occupations is the nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities) industry with an annual salary $90,980. The lowest paying industry is the offices of optometrists industry (annual salary $38,860). For detailed occupational therapists salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$90,980
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$90,120
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$89,380
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$88,900
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$88,720
Home Health Care Services
$87,680
Hospitals - Local government owned
$86,600
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$86,570
Outpatient Care Centers
$85,820
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$85,590
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$85,190
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$85,090
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$84,780
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$84,000
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$83,820
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$83,820
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$83,560
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$83,360
Hospitals - Privately owned
$83,300
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$82,340
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$82,310
Offices of Physicians
$82,270
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$80,260
Hospitals - State government owned
$77,790
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$77,440
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$77,320
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$75,870
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$74,280
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$73,300
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$72,740
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$72,500
Child Day Care Services
$71,790
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$71,260
Other Residential Care Facilities
$71,140
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$70,700
Offices of Chiropractors
$70,390
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$68,560
Social Assistance
$68,000
Individual and Family Services
$65,120
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$61,570
Offices of Optometrists
$38,860

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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