Occupational Therapy Aide Salary by State


The salaries of occupational therapy aides depend heavily on the employer, the state in which they are employed, and how much experience they have prior to starting the job. For those who have some experience, salaries may be a little higher. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics report for May 2014 shows the average annual salary for occupational therapy aides was $26,550. The top 10 percent earned about $44,220 annually, and the lowest 10 percent earned approximately $18,030 annually.

Geographically, the states that have the highest annual salaries are Rhode Island, Connecticut, Michigan, and Ohio, while the states that have the lowest annual salaries are Idaho, Utah, and Tennessee. The cities that have the most employment opportunities are Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, New York City, St. Louis, and Milwaukee, with between 100 and 400 jobs available at any given time in each city.

Salary by State Chart

The following chart was created based on the evidence provided by the BLS.

Occupational Therapy Aides (SOC code 312012)
Period: May 2014

State Employment Hourly  Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage
Arizona N/A $9.24 $23,470
Arkansas 70 $10.31 $21,440
California 880 $14.45 $30,060
Connecticut 90 $12.84 $26,400
DC 40 $18.94 $39,400
Florida 120 $13.30 $27,670
Georgia 130 $12.47 $25,940
Hawaii N/A $11.97 $24,900
Idaho N/A $13.45 $27,820
Illinois 1290 $9.37 $19,480
Indiana 110 $12.28 $25,550
Iowa 40 $11.20 $23,300
Kansas 30 $13.78 $28,660
Kentucky 80 $13.70 $28,500
Louisiana 200 $13.93 $28,960
Maryland 110 $13.34 $27,750
Massachusetts 640 $14.63 $30,430
Michigan 730 $14.08 $29,280
Minnesota 40 $14.48 $30,120
Missouri 150 $15.52 $32,290
Nebraska 50 $12.72 $26,460
Nevada N/A $13.45 $27,980
New Hampshire 50 $12.39 $25,780
New Jersey 60 $13.36 $27,790
New Mexico 30 $10.82 $22,500
New York 310 $16.76 $34,870
North Carolina 260 $12.24 $25,460
Ohio 90 $15.07 $31,350
Oklahoma 50 $12.96 $26,950
Pennsylvania 600 $13.00 $27,030
Puerto Rico N/A $8.34 $17,360
Rhode Island N/A $22.31 $46,410
South Carolina 390 $11.63 $24,190
Tennessee 50 $11.97 $24,910
Texas 420 $12.40 $25,800
Utah 80 $13.51 $28,100
Virginia 180 $13.27 $27,600
Washington 70 $13.93 $28,980
Wisconsin 90 $13.86 $28,830