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

StateEmploymentHourly Mean WageAnnual Mean Wage
Alabama1120$37.17$77,300
Alaska210$37.18$77,330
Arizona1240$38.09$79,230
Arkansas980$40.37$83,960
California9540$43.79$91,090
Colorado2700$38.87$80,850
Connecticut1700$40.56$84,360
Delaware230$36.45$75,810
DC610$40.48$84,210
Florida5680$39.32$81,790
Georgia2670$38.78$80,650
Hawaii420$37.66$78,340
Idaho330$34.24$71,220
Illinois4380$37.97$78,980
Indiana2590$36.72$76,370
Iowa1000$34.21$71,150
Kansas1120$37.72$78,450
Kentucky1770$38.21$79,480
Louisiana1400$35.66$74,170
Maine860$31.05$64,580
Maryland2130$41.13$85,550
Massachusetts4490$38.67$80,420
Michigan4470$32.99$68,610
Minnesota2140$33.58$69,850
Mississippi750$40.65$84,550
Missouri2900$34.04$70,800
Montana350$32.80$68,210
Nebraska770$34.45$71,650
Nevada690$45.10$93,800
New Hampshire810$35.36$73,540
New Jersey3530$43.09$89,620
New Mexico650$36.81$76,570
New York9160$36.57$76,060
North Carolina3220$36.81$76,560
North Dakota380$29.20$60,730
Ohio4310$38.17$79,390
Oklahoma830$36.83$76,600
Oregon1080$39.21$81,550
Pennsylvania6280$34.39$71,530
Puerto Rico220$17.05$35,460
Rhode Island440$37.42$77,840
South Carolina1870$38.22$79,490
South Dakota300$29.73$61,840
Tennessee1640$39.33$81,820
Texas7320$41.95$87,250
Utah730$38.84$80,780
Vermont210$33.17$68,990
Virginia2400$40.96$85,200
Washington2350$39.83$82,840
West Virginia520$34.33$71,400
Wisconsin3010$32.37$67,330
Wyoming250$34.13$70,990
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