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
$55,650
25th Percentile Wage
$68,550
50th Percentile Wage
$83,690
75th Percentile Wage
$100,640
90th Percentile Wage
$121,320

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 $121,320. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $83,690. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid occupational therapists is $55,650.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of occupational therapists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201683,6901.83%7.86%
201582,1601.48%-
201480,9402.47%-
201378,9402.32%-
201277,110--

Compare Occupational Therapists Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of occupational therapists in 38 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 $90,380. The lowest paying industry is the residential intellectual and developmental disability facilities industry (annual salary $52,180). 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)
$90,380
Home Health Care Services
$90,290
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$89,120
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$86,550
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$85,240
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$85,020
Hospitals - Local government owned
$84,240
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$84,160
Outpatient Care Centers
$84,000
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$83,960
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$83,820
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$83,430
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$82,390
Offices of Physicians
$82,280
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$81,980
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$81,710
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$81,630
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$81,620
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$81,620
Hospitals - Privately owned
$81,580
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$81,430
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$81,430
Hospitals - State government owned
$79,420
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$78,220
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$77,290
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$75,780
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$73,570
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$71,520
Other Residential Care Facilities
$69,550
Child Day Care Services
$69,520
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$67,610
Social Assistance
$66,110
Individual and Family Services
$65,830
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$63,350
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$56,840
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$56,740
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$53,190
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$52,180

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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