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The median annual salary for occupational therapists was $75,400 in 2012, according to the BLS. The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made $107,070, while the bottom 10 percent made $50,500. The highest-paid in the profession work in the metropolitan areas of Las Vegas, Elizabethtown, Ky., and Sherman, Texas.

Job Salary Year
2004 $57,920.00
2006 $60,840.00
2008 $48,930.00
2010 $51,300.00
2012 $76,400.00

Average Occupational Therapist Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

With a average hourly salary of $36.73, occupational therapists earn a average annual wage of $76,400. They have a comparable salary to physical therapists ($81,110), yet make almost a third more than occupational therapy assistants ($53,090). Occupational therapists also make nearly $10,000 more than registered nurses ($67,930). Paramedics make considerably less money ($34,370), as do massage therapists ($40,350).

Job Name Salary
Physical Therapist $79,860.00
Occupational Therapist $75,400.00
Registered Nurse $65,470.00
Massage Therapist $35,970.00
Paramedic $31,020.00

Best Paying Cities for Occupational Therapists

The highest paid in the occupational therapist profession work in the metropolitan areas of Las Vegas, Elizabethtown, Ky., and Sherman, Texas. The Stockton, Calif. area also pays well, as does the city of Carson City, Nev.

Las Vegas

Average Salary: $109,880 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an occupational therapist working in Las Vegas is $109,880, which is $34,480 more than the average pay in the profession.

Elizabethtown, Ky.

Average Salary: $109,150 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an occupational therapist working in Elizabethtown, Ky. is $109,150, which is $33,750 more than the average pay in the profession.

Sherman, Texas

Average Salary: $99,860 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an occupational therapist working in Sherman, Texas is $99,860, which is $24,460 more than the average pay in the profession.

Stockton, Calif.

Average Salary: $99,190 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an occupational therapist working in Stockton, Calif. is $99,190, which is $23,790 more than the average pay in the profession.

Carson City, Nev.

Average Salary: $98,690 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of an occupational therapist working in Carson City, Nev. is $98,690, which is $23,290 more than the average pay in the profession.

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