Thursday, June 24, 2021

Occupational Therapist Pay in the Great Plains Region

Recently released U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data from May 2020 indicated that there were just over 126,600 occupational therapists (OTs) employed in the U.S.  About 9,200 of those employed as occupational therapists lived in the seven-state Great Plains region of the country.  BLS data reveals the Great Plains region to be a very weak one in terms of OT pay, with OT annual mean wage levels in all states in the region falling below the national average for occupational therapists.  In fact, five states in the region ranked 40th or worse in the nation for OT annual mean wages.  A closer examination of the BLS data reveals the following about occupational therapist pay in the Great Plains region of the U.S. as of May 2020:

Occupational Therapist Pay in the Great Plains Region
Occupational Therapist Pay in the Great Plains Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IA 920 $82,130 36th
KS 1,490 $86,540 19th
MN 2,840 $77,790 44th
MO 2,180 $78,660 43rd
NE 940 $80,670 40th
ND 470 $73,280 50th
SD 390 $74,580 49th
U.S. 126,610 $87,480 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 26, 2021

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