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Occupational Therapists Salary Information

The salary statistics of occupational therapists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of occupational therapists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The occupational therapists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Occupational Therapists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$54,200
25th Percentile Wage
$67,140
50th Percentile Wage
$81,910
75th Percentile Wage
$99,300
90th Percentile Wage
$119,720

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for occupational therapists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) occupational therapists is $119,720. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $81,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $54,200. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 120% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201681,9102.15%7.95%
201580,1501.67%-
201478,8102.37%-
201376,9402.00%-
201275,400--

Table 2. Occupational Therapists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of occupational therapists in 8 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for occupational therapists occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $91,910. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $50,170).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$91,910
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$91,400
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$88,720
Health Care and Social Assistance
$83,690
Federal, State, and Local Government
$77,930
Finance and Insurance
$74,530
Educational Services
$71,730
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$50,170

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Occupational Therapists by States

From the above tables we note that not only occupational therapists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of occupational therapists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $38,980 to $92,810. The highest paying state for occupational therapists is Nevada with a median annual salary of $92,810. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $38,980. For more salary information of occupational therapists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Nevada
$92,810
California
$92,670
Texas
$92,230
New Jersey
$90,660
Virginia
$90,640
Connecticut
$88,720
Maryland
$87,690
Oregon
$86,490
Massachusetts
$85,990
Arizona
$85,940
District of Columbia
$85,930
Florida
$84,990
Delaware
$84,270
Georgia
$82,960
Tennessee
$82,830
Colorado
$82,780
New York
$82,450
Illinois
$82,280
Ohio
$81,800
North Carolina
$81,340
Mississippi
$80,830
Utah
$80,390
West Virginia
$80,280
Oklahoma
$80,170
Alabama
$79,880
Washington
$79,820
New Hampshire
$79,420
Rhode Island
$79,250
Kansas
$79,190
Alaska
$79,000
Kentucky
$78,840
New Mexico
$78,800
Arkansas
$78,680
Hawaii
$77,970
Louisiana
$77,860
South Carolina
$77,510
Pennsylvania
$76,950
Indiana
$75,360
Vermont
$75,190
Idaho
$74,280
Iowa
$74,120
Nebraska
$73,820
Missouri
$73,570
Michigan
$73,560
Wyoming
$72,710
Minnesota
$72,420
Montana
$69,610
Wisconsin
$68,230
Maine
$64,140
North Dakota
$63,170
South Dakota
$62,370
Puerto Rico
$38,980


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