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Occupational Therapy Aides Salary Information

The salary statistics of occupational therapy aides are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of occupational therapy aides within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The occupational therapy aides 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 Therapy Aides Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,430
25th Percentile Wage
$23,260
50th Percentile Wage
$28,330
75th Percentile Wage
$35,800
90th Percentile Wage
$51,180

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for occupational therapy aides. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) occupational therapy aides is $51,180. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $28,330. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,430. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 150% 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 therapy aides from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201628,3301.87%5.22%
201527,8004.50%-
201426,5500.75%-
201326,350-1.90%-
201226,850--

Table 2. Occupational Therapy Aides Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of occupational therapy aides in 3 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 therapy aides occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $36,140. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $28,060).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$36,140
Educational Services
$33,320
Health Care and Social Assistance
$28,060

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Occupational Therapy Aides by States

From the above tables we note that not only occupational therapy aides 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 therapy aides in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,630 to $47,650. The highest paying state for occupational therapy aides is Florida with a median annual salary of $47,650. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,630. For more salary information of occupational therapy aides profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Florida
$47,650
District of Columbia
$36,220
New York
$34,080
Minnesota
$33,730
Massachusetts
$33,580
California
$33,360
Kansas
$31,480
Connecticut
$30,710
Michigan
$30,670
Wisconsin
$30,440
Iowa
$29,950
Idaho
$29,830
Colorado
$29,390
Louisiana
$29,130
Texas
$28,890
Ohio
$28,840
New Jersey
$28,740
Virginia
$28,260
Utah
$28,160
Nevada
$27,980
Oklahoma
$27,650
Indiana
$27,630
Pennsylvania
$27,260
North Carolina
$27,160
Maryland
$26,960
Kentucky
$26,620
Tennessee
$25,960
Georgia
$25,930
Nebraska
$25,890
Washington
$24,830
South Carolina
$24,510
Illinois
$24,500
New Mexico
$24,410
Arkansas
$23,180
Missouri
$21,850
Puerto Rico
$18,630


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