What Are The Training Requirements for Occupational Therapists?

Occupational therapists need a master's degree.

Degrees for Occupational therapists
Typical education of 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

What Is the Employment Outlook for Occupational Therapists?

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.

This career includes 114,000 people in the United States.

How Much Do Occupational Therapists Make?

On average, occupational therapists make $40.25 per hour or $83,730 per year in the United States.

What Is the Typical Hourly Income for Occupational Therapists?

Hourly income for Occupational therapists in the United States compared with other, similar careers.
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

What Is the Typical Annual Salary for Occupational Therapists?

Annual salary for Occupational therapists in the United States compared with other, similar careers.
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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