Occupational Therapist Salary

The median Occupational Therapist Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. An occupational therapist works in a number of settings including hospitals and clinics.

The average Occupational Therapists Salary will vary depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the therapists reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

Median Hourly & Annual Data

Hourly Wage $24.28 $30.06 $36.25 $43.40 $51.47 Annual Wage $50,500 $62,510 $75,400 $90,270 $107,070 Percentile10%25%50%75%90%


The average Occupational Therapist Salary is $36.25 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $24.28 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $51.47 per hour.


On an annual basis the median or average salary is $75,400. The lowest 10% earn less than $50,500 per year while the upper 10% earn $107,050 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

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Lowest and Highest Occupational Health Safety Specialists Salary

The lowest paid Occupational Therapists earn less than $50,500 annually while the highest paid Occupational Therapists earn over $107,000 per year.

Top 5 States

The top paying states to earn an Occupational Therapist Salary are Nevada $105,290, District of Columbia $85,260, Texas $84,810, California $86,380, and New Jersey $86,680.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn an Occupational Therapist’s Salary are Las Vegas NV $109,880, Elizabethtown KY $109,150, Sherman-Denison, TX $99,860, Stockton, CA $99,190 and Carson City, NV $98,690.

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Other Industries that Employ Occupational Therapists

Elementary and secondary schools, child daycare services and management/technical consulting services as well as employment agencies are other arenas where these professionals work. Government and military also employ a small number of occupational therapists

Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor nationally there are 103,570 Occupational Therapists who earn a salary through being employed as of May 2011.

Where They Work

Of all the Occupational Therapists employed in the United States over 23,800 works in hospitals with an additional 24,320 working in other healthcare providers offices. Nursing care facilities and home health care account for over 19,500 occupational therapists.

Private Practice vs. Employment

A small number of occupational therapists are self-employed in private practice. These practitioners see clients referred by physicians or other health professionals or provide contract or consulting services to nursing care facilities, schools, adult day care programs, and home health care agencies. Being able to run a small business is a key part of the skill set for these professionals.


Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.

International Salary

United Kingdom (UK)

Occupational therapists starting their career as allied health professionals in the NHS typically start at Band 5 (£21,176-£27,625), moving to occupational therapist specialist (Band 6, £25,528-£34,189) and then occupational therapist advanced (Band 7, £30,460-£40,157). To progress up each pay scale, staff must demonstrate that they can effectively apply the required knowledge and skills.

Salaries in local government are at similar levels, although there can be significant variations. NHS entry-level positions are available, although the field has become more competitive in recent years. Applicants may need to be flexible about the geographical area in which they are willing to work.

The average working hours are 35-37.5 per week, with most full-time occupational therapists working nine to five, Monday to Friday. However, there are a number of posts, notably in mental health community services, acute hospitals, accident and emergency services and private practice, where evening and weekend work is more common.


In Canada, occupational therapist (OT), clinical occupational therapist and community occupational therapist get a typical full-time annual salary of $67,000 – $77,000 AUD.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $40.61 per hour and the lowest average wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $17.25 per hour.

Employment prospects for occupational therapists are good in Canada. The government forecasts that because the Canadian population is aging, the demand in this profession will increase for the near future. Also, employment growth for therapy and assessment professionals will be among the strongest of all professions.


Occupational Therapists assess, plan, and provide therapy to individuals whose daily functional levels are limited due to illness or disabilities. Occupational Therapists help to restore vocational, daily living and homemaking skills to enable individuals to function more independently in their environment.

·         Starting salary: $45,000 P/A

·         Senior salary: $85,000 P/A

·         Average salary: $65,000 P/A

o   Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer

·         Employment level:12,800 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 13,900)

·         Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Occupational Therapist is 34.8 hours

·         Employment by region: The top three regions for employment as an Occupational Therapist include:

o   NSW: 30.8%

o   VIC: 28.0%

o   QLD: 17.7%


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