Sunday, November 8, 2020

Occupational Therapist Pay in the Top 20 Metro Markets

There were just under 134,000 occupational therapist jobs in the U.S. as of May 2019 per data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Occupational therapists (OTs) work in varied healthcare settings, including the offices of non-physician healthcare practitioners, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health care agencies.  Many OTs also work in educational settings, mostly elementary and secondary schools.  Like many other healthcare professionals with special training and skills, OTs typically earn more money than workers in most occupations.  According to BLS estimates, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for OTs was $86,210 per year, well above the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  That said, there is considerable variation from region-to-region in the annual mean wages earned by OTs.  This variation is readily evident in occupational therapist pay in the top 20 metro markets in the U.S., which in May 2019 was as follows according to the BLS:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 12,430 $95,990
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 3,890 $97,950
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 4,710 $85,790
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 2,780 $88,880
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 1,880 $89,340
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 2,280 $94,260
7 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 2,130 $77,510
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 3,870 $89,560
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 1,770 $87,350
10 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 1,670 $99,570
11 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 3,230 $86,780
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 1,210 $103,740
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 670 $104,970
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 1,970 $81,230
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 1,690 $84,930
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 1,980 $76,720
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 1,710 $94,000
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 1,040 $84,240
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 2,000 $92,470
20 St. Louis 1,350 $74,840
National 133,570 $86,210

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on October 28, 2020