Wednesday, January 27, 2021

20 Best Metro Areas for Occupational Therapist Pay

In a November commentary we examined Occupational Therapist Pay in the Top 20 Metro Markets.  Without question, the highest population U.S. metro areas provide occupational therapists with a greater number of employment opportunities than do smaller metropolitan markets. That said, the better compensation levels are typically found in smaller markets. In fact, May 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that only three of the 20 largest metro markets in the nation were among the 20 best metro areas for occupational therapist pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 The Villages, FL 30 $115,090
2 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 630 $108,870
3 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 100 $107,450
4 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 $106,740
5 Salinas, CA N/A $106,660
6 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (#) 670 $104,970
7 Victoria, TX 50 $104,550
8 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 1,210 $103,740
9 Homosassa Springs, FL N/A $102,700
10 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 420 $102,280
11 Visalia-Porterville, CA 70 $101,720
12 Punta Gorda, FL N/A $101,060
13 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 600 $100,980
14 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale (#) 1,670 $99,570
15 Chico, CA 60 $99,060
16 Napa, CA 40 $98,860
17 Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 50 $98,800
18 York-Hanover, PA 240 $98,550
19 Kankakee, IL 40 $98,420
20 New Bern, NC 90 $98,120
National 133,570 $86,210

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

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