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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Occupational Therapists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$54,560
25th Percentile Wage
$67,970
50th Percentile Wage
$83,200
75th Percentile Wage
$100,320
90th Percentile Wage
$120,440

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 $120,440. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $83,200. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $54,560. It is noted 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 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of occupational therapists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$83,200
1.55% 9.38%
2016
$81,910
2.15% -
2015
$80,150
1.67% -
2014
$78,810
2.37% -
2013
$76,940
2.00% -
2012
$75,400
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Table 2. Occupational Therapists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of occupational therapists in 9 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 professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $93,320. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $48,820).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$93,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$91,240
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$86,660
Health Care and Social Assistance
$84,810
Federal, State, and Local Government
$80,340
Educational Services
$73,720
Finance and Insurance
$69,380
Retail Trade
$56,660
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$48,820

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 $36,150 to $97,860. The highest paying state for occupational therapists is Nevada with a median annual salary of $97,860. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $36,150. For more salary information of occupational therapists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Nevada
$97,860
New Jersey
$93,530
California
$93,380
Oregon
$91,030
Texas
$90,520
Virginia
$90,280
Connecticut
$89,530
District of Columbia
$89,050
Massachusetts
$87,910
Arizona
$87,790
Maryland
$87,750
Florida
$86,150
Colorado
$84,430
Oklahoma
$84,270
Delaware
$83,740
Alaska
$83,700
Ohio
$83,460
North Carolina
$83,420
New York
$82,860
Illinois
$82,700
Hawaii
$82,660
Idaho
$82,640
Utah
$82,630
Tennessee
$81,880
Louisiana
$81,400
West Virginia
$80,840
New Hampshire
$80,810
Georgia
$80,270
Indiana
$80,090
New Mexico
$79,780
Mississippi
$79,440
South Carolina
$79,320
Alabama
$79,230
Washington
$78,510
Vermont
$78,080
Kentucky
$78,030
Missouri
$77,760
Pennsylvania
$77,420
Kansas
$77,390
Wyoming
$77,080
Arkansas
$76,330
Iowa
$76,330
Rhode Island
$75,280
Nebraska
$75,250
Michigan
$75,160
Minnesota
$73,380
Montana
$73,130
Wisconsin
$71,380
North Dakota
$65,900
Maine
$65,400
South Dakota
$65,360
Puerto Rico
$36,150



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