How much does an Occupational Therapist make in the United States?

11.8k salaries reported, updated at September 17, 2021
per hour

The average salary for a occupational therapist is $44.96 per hour in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • License reimbursement
  • Paid housing
  • Referral program
  • 401(k)
  • Flexible schedule
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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for occupational therapists

Most recommended skill

Acute Care

The jobs requiring this skill have decrease by 27.95% since 2018. Occupational Therapists with this skill earn +19.23% more than the average base salary, which is $44.96 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this skillChange from previous year
20116increase by 6
20128783increase by 146283.33%
201324049increase by 173.81%
201432235increase by 34.04%
201532406increase by 0.53%
201615955decrease by 50.77%
201711679decrease by 26.80%
20188370decrease by 28.33%
20196031decrease by 27.95%

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Most common benefits for Occupational Therapists

  • License reimbursement
  • Paid housing
  • Referral program
  • 401(k)
  • Flexible schedule
  • 401(k) matching
  • Health savings account
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Life insurance
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68% of Occupational therapists in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area

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