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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

29-1122 Occupational Therapists

Assess, plan, and organize rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays. Use therapeutic techniques, adapt the individual's environment, teach skills, and modify specific tasks that present barriers to the individual. Excludes "Rehabilitation Counselors" (21-1015).


National estimates for Occupational Therapists
Industry profile for Occupational Therapists
Geographic profile for Occupational Therapists

National estimates for Occupational Therapists: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Occupational Therapists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
126,610 1.2 % $ 42.06 $ 87,480 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Occupational Therapists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 27.56 $ 34.08 $ 41.48 $ 49.55 $ 58.98
Annual Wage (2) $ 57,330 $ 70,880 $ 86,280 $ 103,060 $ 122,670


Industry profile for Occupational Therapists: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Occupational Therapists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Occupational Therapists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Occupational Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 33,830 3.75 $ 42.41 $ 88,220
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 28,300 0.51 $ 42.40 $ 88,200
Elementary and Secondary Schools 15,560 0.19 $ 37.93 $ 78,890
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 11,370 0.74 $ 44.14 $ 91,810
Home Health Care Services 10,620 0.71 $ 45.32 $ 94,270

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Occupational Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 33,830 3.75 $ 42.41 $ 88,220
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 6,850 2.56 $ 42.46 $ 88,330
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 11,370 0.74 $ 44.14 $ 91,810
Home Health Care Services 10,620 0.71 $ 45.32 $ 94,270
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 28,300 0.51 $ 42.40 $ 88,200

Top paying industries for Occupational Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Child Day Care Services 490 0.06 $ 51.00 $ 106,070
Management of Companies and Enterprises 420 0.02 $ 48.00 $ 99,850
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,200 0.13 $ 45.36 $ 94,360
Home Health Care Services 10,620 0.71 $ 45.32 $ 94,270
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 11,370 0.74 $ 44.14 $ 91,810


Geographic profile for Occupational Therapists: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Occupational Therapists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Occupational Therapists, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Occupational Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 10,560 1.22 1.34 $ 43.83 $ 91,170
California 9,840 0.60 0.66 $ 48.59 $ 101,080
Texas 8,790 0.73 0.80 $ 42.99 $ 89,410
Pennsylvania 7,070 1.28 1.41 $ 40.00 $ 83,200
Florida 6,820 0.81 0.89 $ 41.19 $ 85,670




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 1,000 1.61 1.77 $ 38.81 $ 80,720
Connecticut 2,470 1.60 1.76 $ 44.23 $ 92,000
Maine 810 1.41 1.55 $ 34.86 $ 72,500
Colorado 3,380 1.31 1.44 $ 44.06 $ 91,650
Massachusetts 4,350 1.30 1.43 $ 40.94 $ 85,150




Top paying states for Occupational Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 850 0.68 0.75 $ 53.50 $ 111,270
California 9,840 0.60 0.66 $ 48.59 $ 101,080
Arizona 2,190 0.77 0.85 $ 48.05 $ 99,950
New Jersey 4,070 1.07 1.18 $ 47.48 $ 98,750
District of Columbia 360 0.52 0.58 $ 46.31 $ 96,330





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Occupational Therapists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 9,800 1.11 1.22 $ 47.15 $ 98,080
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,670 1.07 1.18 $ 41.12 $ 85,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,390 0.58 0.64 $ 51.25 $ 106,610
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,140 1.21 1.33 $ 40.89 $ 85,050
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,100 1.15 1.26 $ 42.79 $ 89,000
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,560 0.71 0.78 $ 43.20 $ 89,860
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 2,110 1.64 1.80 $ 40.15 $ 83,500
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,100 0.69 0.76 $ 46.33 $ 96,370
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,050 1.41 1.55 $ 44.72 $ 93,010
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,920 0.65 0.71 $ 44.52 $ 92,600




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Occupational Therapists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 130 3.43 3.77 $ 40.71 $ 84,680
Cumberland, MD-WV 100 2.97 3.26 $ 47.60 $ 99,010
Johnstown, PA 130 2.82 3.10 $ 35.99 $ 74,860
New Bedford, MA 150 2.54 2.79 $ 41.33 $ 85,970
Saginaw, MI 180 2.34 2.58 $ 39.59 $ 82,350
Tyler, TX 230 2.33 2.56 $ 44.56 $ 92,680
Rochester, MN 270 2.30 2.53 $ 35.85 $ 74,560
Elmira, NY 70 2.10 2.31 $ 37.50 $ 78,010
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 100 2.07 2.27 $ 36.33 $ 75,570
Pocatello, ID 70 2.02 2.22 $ 41.22 $ 85,730