How much money does an occupational therapist make?
If you are considering a career as an occupational therapist, it is likely that you are weighing your earning potential. There are many factors that affect your salary as an occupational therapist.
Many years of experience, specialization, location, and attitude affect your compensation. In addition, some employers pay hourly rates while others pay salaries.
Based on our research on numerous websites – and our own calculations – we have calculated a national average of $76,448 per year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual average salary for occupational therapists from May 2017 is $83,200.
You can see that occupational therapists are doing quite well financially, but these figures do not show that occupational therapists have a pretty bad debt/income relationship.
While beginner occupational therapists tend to earn slightly less than the national average of $72,000, mid-career workers earn around 6 percent more than the national average. This number increases for career starters by 19 percent.
The income also depends on where an occupational therapist practices. Potential occupational therapists should look at the country-specific payroll information to get a more accurate picture of the area in which they wish to work.