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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of occupational therapy aides from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
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|
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|New York|| |
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|North Carolina|| |
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|New Mexico|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |