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Salary of An Occupational Therapists

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Basic Salary Information:

Occupational Therapists treat patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. The average annual pay of an Occupational Therapist is around $72,320. This job is in really high demand as the Job outlook is at around 33 percent. This is a lot higher than the average job outlook which is at 9 percent. There this is a very good job to consider. How much does an Occupational Therapist make in different states is shown in the table below:

State

Average Annual Salary

New York

$44,750 – $85,000

Texas

$46,369 – $83,374

Pennsylvania

$49,933 – $91,563

California

$58,555 – $96,298

Illinois

$41,718 – $75,728

Florida

$58,175 – $86,162

Massachusetts

$46,309 – $69,531

The above table shows the Top paying states for this job. The salary is in a range because it increases as you get more experienced and have a better understanding of the job and higher educational skills. There are a lot of other factors like Quality of living, demand and life style that comes into play when determining the salary.

Experience

Average Annual Salary

Less than 1 year

$43,850 – $70,361

1-4 years

$41,256 – $76,629

5-9 years

$39,594 – $77,211

10-19 years

$46,811 – $87,066

20 years or more

$57,780 – $107,286

The table above shows a rough estimation on the amount of salary you might expect to get in this profession after a certain period of time. As you can see the amount increases by quite a lot.

Other Factors and Influences that determine salary:

There are various factors that affect the salary of occupational therapists. We have already gone through the experience and geographical locations. However, education and specialty also play a huge role when it comes to this profession. For easier understanding, I will tables to shows the difference in salaries for different certification and skills/specialty.

Certification

Average Salary

Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed (OTR/L)

$48,798 – $85,190

Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR)

$43,792 – $74,969

Licensed Occupational Therapist

$39,453 – $80,190

The above Table shows the difference in salary for different Certification. The table below will show the different Salary for different skills/specialty.

Skill/Specialty

Average Salary

Rehabilitation

$48,081 – $82,072

Pediatrics

$40,268 – $79,396

Geriatrics

$49,627 – $75,183

Acute Care

$48,936 – $72,050

Orthopedics

$43,792 – $72,966

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)

$50,507 – $93,258

Home Health/Home Care

$39,453 – $87,173

There are other factors such as an employer. By this I mean the place you are working. Your salary will vary depending on the type of place you work. You will get more salary if you work in a Company than a hospital. But where ever you decide to join, your lowest salary will be at around $40,000 and your highest salary will be at around $85,000.

Occupational Therapist is one of those jobs that pay handsomely and you feel good about it. You get to work in a great environment also. This is really one of the better jobs in America.

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