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Occupational Therapist Salary Information

During 2009, occupational therapists’ median annual earnings ranged from $45,340 to $100,430. Earnings for occupational therapists in the bottom 10th percentile were lower than $45,340, while earnings for those in the upper 10th percentile exceeded $100,430 a year.

As of 2010, occupational therapists with the following years of work experience earned the following hourly wages: 1 year or less $24.79 to $31.21; 1-4 years, $25.91 to $36.42; 5-9 years, $29.58 to $38.89; 10-19 years, $31.55 to $41.83; and 20 or more years, $30.95 to $42.55.

During 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that occupational therapists typically made anywhere from $63,190 to $81,360 a year, with the majority working at surgical and general medical hospitals and averaging $71,300 a year. The following average annual salaries correspond to occupational therapists working in these industries: doctors’ offices, $72,970; secondary and elementary schools, $63,190; assisted living facilities, $75,710; and home healthcare provider companies, $81,360.

Likewise, during the same timeframe, occupational therapists employed in high wage industries made anywhere between $75,710-88,770 a year. Those employed in education typically earned the highest annual wages, averaging $88,770. Occupational therapists employed in the following industries also earned high wages: home healthcare, $81,360; employment assistance, $80,490; doctors’ offices, $78,660; and assisted living care, $75,710. Numerous job opportunities exist for occupational therapists at assisted living clinics and home healthcare provider companies.

During 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that occupational therapists employed in states where wages are highest made anywhere between $78,470-82,610 annually. Occupational therapists employed in California earned the highest wages, averaging $82,610 a year. Other states where wages are high include Nevada, $81,310; Maryland, $78,990; New Jersey, $80,030; and Texas, $78,470.

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