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Occupational Therapists Employment Statistics

For Occupational Therapists
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): Data reported May 2012

Job Outlook

Employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, autism, or the loss of a limb.

The need for occupational therapists will increase as the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life. Specifically, occupational therapists help senior citizens maintain their independence by recommending home modifications and strategies that make daily activities easier.

Occupational therapists also play a large role in the treatment of many conditions commonly associated with aging, such as osteoarthritis and Parkinson’s disease. Patients will continue to seek noninvasive outpatient treatment for long-term disabilities and illnesses, either in their homes or in residential care environments. In addition, medical advances now enable more patients with critical problems to survive—patients who ultimately may need extensive therapy.

Job Prospects

Job opportunities should be good for licensed occupational therapists in all setting, particularly in acute hospital, rehabilitation, and orthopedic settings because the elderly receive most of their treatment in these settings. Occupational therapists with specialized knowledge in a treatment area also will have increased job prospects.

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Occupational Therapists:

Employment

Mean hourly
wage

Mean annual
wage

105,540

$36.73

$76,400

Percentile wage estimates for Occupational Therapists:

Percentile

10%

25%

50%

75%

90%

Hourly Wage

$24.28

$30.06

$36.25

$43.40

$51.47

Annual Wage

$50,500

$62,510

$75,400

$90,270

$107,070

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Occupational Therapy:

Industry

Employment

Percent of industry employment

Hourly mean wage

Annual mean wage

Offices of Other Health Practitioners

25,810

3.59

$37.29

$77,570

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

23,830

0.45

$36.30

$75,510

Elementary and Secondary Schools

14,090

0.17

$32.91

$68,440

Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)

9,970

0.60

$39.99

$83,180

Home Health Care Services

9,590

0.81

$41.76

$86,850

States with the highest employment level in Occupational Therapy:

State

Employment

Hourly mean wage

Annual mean wage

California

9,250

$41.53

$86,380

New York

7,650

$35.79

$74,450

Texas

7,050

$40.77

$84,810

Florida

6,160

$38.25

$79,560

Pennsylvania

5,580

$33.87

$70,450

States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Occupational Therapy:

State

Employment

Hourly mean wage

Annual mean wage

Maine

980

$31.91

$66,370

Massachusetts

4,860

$35.80

$74,450

Colorado

2,570

$36.39

$75,680

Connecticut

1,770

$40.21

$83,640

New Hampshire

660

$31.72

$65,980

Top paying states for Occupational Therapy:

State

Employment

Hourly mean wage

Annual mean wage

Nevada

800

$50.62

$105,290

New Jersey

3,430

$41.67

$86,680

California

9,250

$41.53

$86,380

District of Columbia

310

$40.99

$85,260

Texas

7,050

$40.77

$84,810

For more information, see Licensing and Career page. for the Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program

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