Occupational Therapist Salary

occupational-therapist-salary-chart.jpgOccupational therapists help organize and plan rehabilitative programs that help persons with developmental delays or disabilities to develop or restore daily living skills, career skills, homemaking, and general independence.

Salary

The average salary of occupational therapists is $77,890 a year. The bottom 10% earns at most $51,310 while the top 10% earns at least $109,380 a year. The median salary is $76,940 annually.

The best industries for employment are offices of “other” health practitioners (27,350 employed, $80,090 average a year); general medical and surgical hospitals (24,280 employed, $76,870 average); and elementary and secondary schools (14,160 employed, $69,390).

The top three paying states are Nevada ($112,120 average), California ($89,620), and New Jersey ($88,170). The best paying industry is home health care services, paying $87,500 on average (10,000 employed).

Job Outlook

The job outlook of an occupational therapist is expected to increase by 29% between 2012 and 2022, which is faster than average.

Occupational Therapist Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $44,790 $73,300 $104,550 $73,260
Alaska $54,700 $80,710 $109,700 $80,410
Arizona $39,330 $76,730 $110,240 $76,450
Arkansas $47,970 $80,740 $112,210 $78,670
California $61,830 $89,520 $116,220 $89,620
Colorado $54,500 $76,750 $99,860 $76,970
Connecticut $56,310 $80,860 $110,470 $80,660
Delaware $54,910 $74,130 $106,990 $76,880
Florida $51,640 $79,700 $117,930 $80,810
Georgia $53,250 $76,190 $98,550 $75,550
Hawaii $54,000 $74,910 $91,860 $72,600
Idaho $22,470 $70,340 $93,480 $67,750
Illinois $33,460 $76,270 $106,930 $73,700
Indiana $52,310 $76,590 $110,490 $78,060
Iowa $53,390 $71,880 $98,390 $73,400
Kansas $54,870 $77,910 $105,240 $77,950
Kentucky $58,130 $79,250 $105,090 $79,250
Louisiana $48,810 $73,450 $101,500 $73,850
Maine $42,090 $66,110 $92,790 $66,340
Maryland $58,630 $84,490 $114,490 $84,190
Massachusetts $52,490 $78,330 $103,620 $76,960
Michigan $45,510 $65,920 $92,330 $67,260
Minnesota $46,370 $67,410 $91,070 $67,180
Mississippi $52,950 $80,410 $108,790 $79,170
Missouri $50,190 $69,670 $93,990 $70,060
Montana $50,770 $68,380 $90,830 $69,710
Nebraska $50,100 $70,200 $99,960 $71,510
Nevada $60,820 $94,190 NA $112,120
New Hampshire $48,950 $70,860 $92,100 $69,870
New Jersey $62,700 $88,040 $119,010 $88,170
New Mexico $35,990 $72,220 $108,030 $73,170
New York $51,810 $73,610 $107,330 $76,150
North Carolina $50,670 $76,230 $100,370 $74,510
North Dakota $37,530 $57,440 $82,630 $58,040
Ohio $54,470 $79,280 $109,340 $79,700
Oklahoma $39,010 $71,660 $105,650 $70,880
Oregon $59,900 $79,180 $94,220 $77,120
Pennsylvania $50,360 $70,430 $100,310 $72,180
Rhode Island $51,610 $75,760 $107,380 $77,150
South Carolina $49,060 $76,310 $106,510 $77,290
South Dakota $48,660 $62,300 $85,540 $64,060
Tennessee $55,410 $77,140 $103,320 $77,530
Texas $56,860 $84,100 $124,860 $86,550
Utah $57,480 $77,910 $104,490 $78,830
Vermont $51,910 $69,480 $132,740 $76,760
Virginia $51,620 $81,310 $112,840 $80,500
Washington $55,350 $80,450 $99,280 $78,070
West Virginia $49,510 $74,120 $114,830 $78,050
Wisconsin $49,430 $67,160 $89,500 $67,380
Wyoming $44,990 $68,830 $96,400 $69,510