Salary for Occupational Therapists

Also known as:  Occupational Therapist, OT, Registered Occupational Therapist

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The goal of occupational therapists is to assist individuals impaired by injury, illness or developmental problems to build or restore the capacity to conduct basic homemaking, vocational, independent living and daily living skills. They may work in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, or community settings. In addition to providing therapy, these individuals may propose modifications to living spaces in order to accomodate individual disabilities. A Master's degree is generally requried for entry into this profession.

An Occupational Therapist will usually earn wages somewhere between 56000 to 84000 depending on the level of experience. Occupational Therapists can receive a compensation of Seventy Five Thousand dollars on an annual basis.

Occupational Therapists can get the best pay in California, where they can receive average pay of close to $82610. Employees who work in this career can obtain the highest salaries in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they earn average compensation of $88640.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 32.52 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Occupational Therapists tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $88,640
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $84,190
Management of Companies and Enterprises $79,690
Health Care and Social Assistance $74,790
Finance and Insurance $71,130
Public Administration $68,820
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Other Services (except Public Administration) $59,710
Educational Services $65,170
Public Administration $68,820
Finance and Insurance $71,130
Health Care and Social Assistance $74,790
Management of Companies and Enterprises $79,690
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