Occupational Therapist Salary in the US

$68,291
per year
per hour
$32.83
per hour
per year

Occupational Therapist - Average Salary & Hourly Pay

The average salary for an Occupational Therapist is $68,291 per year ($32.83 per hour), which is $14,801 (+28%) higher than the average salary in the US.
An Occupational Therapist can expect an average starting salary of $55,244. The highest salaries can exceed $85,553.
$55,244
Low
$68,291
Average salary
$85,553
High
$26.55
Low
$32.83
Average salary
$41.13
High

Occupational Therapist Salary Range

Low
$55,244
Average salary
$68,291
Experienced
$77,056
High
$85,553
Low
$26.55
Average salary
$32.83
Experienced
$37.04
High
$41.13
Among OTs in the US, Child / Pediatric Occupational Therapists and School OTs tend to have the lowest salaries, while Occupational Therapists working in Home Health Services and in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) enjoy the highest salaries.

Occupational Therapist - Salary Differences

JobSalaryDifference
Home Health Occupational Therapist$87K/year
+28% 
Pediatric Occupational Therapist$64K/year
 -7%
School Occupational Therapist$59K/year
 -14%

Occupational Therapist - Pay by Experience Level in the United States

An Entry Level Occupational Therapist with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average starting salary of $58,000 per year. A mid career Occupational Therapist with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of $65,000, while an experienced Occupational Therapist with 10-20 years of experience makes on average $77,000. OTs with more than 20 years of experience earn $79,000 per year on average.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of an Occupational Therapist

Late Career▲ +16%
Experienced▲ +13%
Average Salary$68,291/year
Mid Career▼ -5%
Entry Level▼ -15%

Gender Breakdown

Female
85%
Male
15%

Occupational Therapist - Jobs by Location

Occupational Therapist - Related Salaries

The salary information presented on this page is based on all Occupational Therapist jobs published on Jobted in the last 12 months and on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).
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Frequently asked questions about the salary of the Occupational Therapist

How much does an Occupational Therapist make in the US?
An Occupational Therapist in the US earns an average of $68,291 gross per year, which is about $32.83 gross per hour. Everything you need to know about the salary of the Occupational Therapist updated to 2022.
What is the starting salary for an Occupational Therapist in the US?
The starting salary of an Occupational Therapist in the US is around $55,244 gross per year. Child / Pediatric Occupational Therapists and School OTs usually have a lower salary.
What is the highest salary for an Occupational Therapist in the US?
The highest salary of an Occupational Therapist in the US can reach and exceed $85,553 gross per year. Occupational Therapists working in Home Health Services and in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) usually have the highest salaries.
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