Training Requirements for Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists need a master's degree.

Degrees for Occupational therapists
Percent
Less than High School 0.2
High School 1.0
Some College 0.9
Associates Degree 5.9
Bachelors Degree 41.2
Masters Degree 45.2
Doctorate or Professional Degree 5.6

Employment Outlook for Occupational Therapists

This represents about 114,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 30,000 more occupational therapists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 52,000 more.

Typical Income for Occupational Therapists

Hourly Income

On average,occupational therapists make $40.25 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Occupational therapists $26.06 $32.28 $39.38 $47.74 $57.56
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $15.59 $21.80 $30.49 $43.83 $64.87
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $23.60 $28.74 $37.49 $53.60 $84.62
Therapists $22.12 $28.11 $36.07 $45.37 $54.98
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, occupational therapists make $83,730 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Occupational therapists $54,200 $67,140 $81,910 $99,300 $119,720
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $32,430 $45,330 $63,420 $91,180 $134,930
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $49,090 $59,780 $77,980 $111,480 $176,020
Therapists $46,000 $58,470 $75,020 $94,360 $114,360
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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