Salary for Art Therapists

Also known as:  Certified Recreational Therapist, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, CTRS, Drama Therapist, Recreational Therapist, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

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Art therapists evaluate, diagnose and treat various cognitive, emotional, and physical impairments through the use of artistic media. They may teach clients to paint, draw, sculpt, or otherwise express themselves in creative media, and design art therapy goals to meet patient needs. Art therapy sessions may incorporate techniques from counseling and psychotherapy, and may be designed in collaboration with other physicians and specialists on a client's treatment team.

An Art Therapist usually receives an average compensation between 24000 to 36000 based on level of experience. Art Therapists will most likely earn a compensation of Thirty Nine Thousand Four Hundred dollars every year.

Art Therapists can make the highest salaries in the District of Columbia, where they can receive average pay levels of close to $56910. Professionals that work in these jobs can get the best compensation in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they receive a compensation of $46300.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 14.82 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Art Therapists tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $46,300
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $45,640
Educational Services $44,170
Health Care and Social Assistance $40,240
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $37,040
Other Services (except Public Administration) $32,450
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Other Services (except Public Administration) $32,450
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $37,040
Health Care and Social Assistance $40,240
Educational Services $44,170
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $45,640
Public Administration $46,300
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