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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Occupational Therapy Aides Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,730
25th Percentile Wage
$23,770
50th Percentile Wage
$29,200
75th Percentile Wage
$37,920
90th Percentile Wage
$59,100

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 $59,100. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $29,200. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,730. 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 185% 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 therapy aides from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$29,200
2.98% 8.05%
2016
$28,330
1.87% -
2015
$27,800
4.50% -
2014
$26,550
0.75% -
2013
$26,350
-1.90% -
2012
$26,850
- -

Table 2. Occupational Therapy Aides Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of occupational therapy aides in 4 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 $39,180. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $28,890).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$39,180
Educational Services
$35,750
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$31,170
Health Care and Social Assistance
$28,890

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 $18,850 to $52,410. The highest paying state for occupational therapy aides is Washington with a median annual salary of $52,410. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,850. For more salary information of occupational therapy aides profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$52,410
North Dakota
$42,080
District of Columbia
$41,360
Arizona
$36,400
Minnesota
$33,730
California
$33,540
Massachusetts
$32,980
New Hampshire
$32,890
Iowa
$32,550
New York
$32,430
Kansas
$31,480
Oregon
$31,360
Colorado
$30,920
Ohio
$30,130
Texas
$29,790
Virginia
$29,770
North Carolina
$29,720
Maryland
$29,680
New Jersey
$29,400
Michigan
$29,370
Connecticut
$29,280
Idaho
$29,090
Wisconsin
$28,890
Pennsylvania
$28,840
Indiana
$28,600
West Virginia
$28,530
Louisiana
$28,010
Nevada
$27,980
Nebraska
$27,500
Oklahoma
$26,820
Illinois
$26,630
Kentucky
$26,620
Florida
$26,440
Tennessee
$25,960
Georgia
$25,660
Alabama
$25,450
South Carolina
$24,920
New Mexico
$24,410
Missouri
$23,900
Arkansas
$23,180
Utah
$19,780
Puerto Rico
$18,850



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