Monday, August 1, 2022

The Best and Worst States for Occupational Therapist Pay

There were just under 128,000 occupational therapists employed in the U.S. as of May 2021 per the most current occupational statistical data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Occupational therapists (OTs) work in varied healthcare settings, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health care agencies, and offices with other health practitioners.  A good number of OTs also work in educational settings, mostly elementary and secondary schools.  Like many other healthcare professionals with special skills and training, occupational therapists typically earn more money than most occupations.  According to BLS estimates, as of May 2021, the national mean wage for occupational therapists was $89,470 per year.  From state to state, there is a very wide variation in the average annual wages earned by occupational therapists.  Further examination of BLS data as of May 2021 identifies the following as the ten best and worst states for occupational therapist pay:

The Best and Worst States for Occupational Therapist Pay

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
NV 850 $109,010 1st
CA 11,460 $105,760 2nd
NJ 3,960 $100,140 3rd
TX 8,500 $96,100 4th
NM 740 $95,060 5th
VA 3,070 $94,950 6th
CT 2,280 $94,040 7th
AK 290 $93,440 8th
CO 3,710 $93,250 9th
NY 8,320 $93,190 10th
U.S. 127,830 $89,470 -------
KY 1,780 $81,330 42nd
ID 600 $80,760 43rd
MN 3,080 $80,060 44th
MO 2,270 $78,990 45th
MI 4,610 $77,880 46th
VT 230 $77,740 47th
WI 3,380 $76,770 48th
SD 370 $76,330 49th
ME 990 $74,380 50th
ND 420 $71,340 51st

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on August 1, 2022