Occupational Therapist Salary


Your salary as an occupational therapist depends on factors such as where you live, how much experience you have, and what type of facility you work in. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the job outlook for occupational therapists is much better than for many other professions—occupational therapy is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an approximate increase in average salary of around 41 percent between now and 2024. The BLS report from May 2014 states that most occupational therapists worked full-time and made an average of $78,810. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $52,670, and the top 10 percent more than $112,950.

Many occupational therapists make more than the average mean wage by working in patients’ homes, nursing homes, and hospitals. The highest average salaries can be found in Nevada, the District of Columbia, Texas, New Jersey, and California, where annual mean wages are over $84,000. The states that offer the lowest average salaries are Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, and South Dakota. Each of these states has an annual mean wage of $64,000 or less. Puerto Rico offers the lowest annual mean wage, at $35,740.

Occupational Therapy Salary by State

The following chart was based on data provided by the BLS.

Occupational Therapist (SOC code 291122)
Period: May 2014

State Employment Hourly Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage
Alabama 1120 $37.17 $77,300
Alaska 210 $37.18 $77,330
Arizona 1240 $38.09 $79,230
Arkansas 980 $40.37 $83,960
California 9540 $43.79 $91,090
Colorado 2700 $38.87 $80,850
Connecticut 1700 $40.56 $84,360
Delaware 230 $36.45 $75,810
DC 610 $40.48 $84,210
Florida 5680 $39.32 $81,790
Georgia 2670 $38.78 $80,650
Hawaii 420 $37.66 $78,340
Idaho 330 $34.24 $71,220
Illinois 4380 $37.97 $78,980
Indiana 2590 $36.72 $76,370
Iowa 1000 $34.21 $71,150
Kansas 1120 $37.72 $78,450
Kentucky 1770 $38.21 $79,480
Louisiana 1400 $35.66 $74,170
Maine 860 $31.05 $64,580
Maryland 2130 $41.13 $85,550
Massachusetts 4490 $38.67 $80,420
Michigan 4470 $32.99 $68,610
Minnesota 2140 $33.58 $69,850
Mississippi 750 $40.65 $84,550
Missouri 2900 $34.04 $70,800
Montana 350 $32.80 $68,210
Nebraska 770 $34.45 $71,650
Nevada 690 $45.10 $93,800
New Hampshire 810 $35.36 $73,540
New Jersey 3530 $43.09 $89,620
New Mexico 650 $36.81 $76,570
New York 9160 $36.57 $76,060
North Carolina 3220 $36.81 $76,560
North Dakota 380 $29.20 $60,730
Ohio 4310 $38.17 $79,390
Oklahoma 830 $36.83 $76,600
Oregon 1080 $39.21 $81,550
Pennsylvania 6280 $34.39 $71,530
Puerto Rico 220 $17.05 $35,460
Rhode Island 440 $37.42 $77,840
South Carolina 1870 $38.22 $79,490
South Dakota 300 $29.73 $61,840
Tennessee 1640 $39.33 $81,820
Texas 7320 $41.95 $87,250
Utah 730 $38.84 $80,780
Vermont 210 $33.17 $68,990
Virginia 2400 $40.96 $85,200
Washington 2350 $39.83 $82,840
West Virginia 520 $34.33 $71,400
Wisconsin 3010 $32.37 $67,330
Wyoming 250 $34.13 $70,990