Occupational therapists

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Total Workforce

112k

Average Age

40.5

Estimated Job Growth

23.8%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$60,777

Average Male Salary

$75,389

Average Female Salary

$59,290

About

Occupational therapists are most often employed by the Hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Occupational therapists was $60,777 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Occupational therapists by wage are Gaming managers, Writers & authors, and Web developers.

Occupational therapists are part of the Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, along with Chiropractors, Dentists, Dietitians & nutritionists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Physicians & surgeons, Physician assistants, Podiatrists, Occupational therapists, Physical therapists, Radiation therapists, Recreational therapists, Respiratory therapists, Speechlanguage pathologists, Other therapists, including exercise physiologists, Veterinarians, Registered nurses, Nurse anesthetists, Audiologists, Health diagnosing & treating practitioners, all other, Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives, Clinical laboratory technologists & technicians, Dental hygienists, Diagnostic related technologists & technicians, Emergency medical technicians & paramedics, Health practitioner support technologists & technicians, Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses, Medical records & health information technicians, Opticians, dispensing, Miscellaneous health technologists & technicians, and Other healthcare practitioners & technical Occupations

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Occupational therapists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Hospitals is the industry that employs the most Occupational therapists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Occupational therapists, by average wage, is Other health care services. Occupational therapists are paid most in Pima County (Northeast) PUMA, AZ but are relatively concentrated in Pima County (Northeast) PUMA, AZ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$60,777

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,411

In 2017, Occupational therapists earned an average of $60,777, $8,712 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Gaming managers make somewhat more than Occupational therapists while Web developers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Occupational therapists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.256

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Occupational therapists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.256, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Occupational therapists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Occupational therapists.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Occupational therapists.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Occupational therapists, by number of employees, are Hospitals, Outpatient care centers, and Elementary & secondary schools.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Occupational therapists, by average wage, are Other health care services, Employment services, and Home health care services.

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Industries by Share

112k

2017 Workforce

± 8,225

0.476%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 10.3%

The number of people employed as Occupational therapists has been growing at a rate of 0.476%, from 111,791 people in 2016 to 112,323 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Occupational therapists employed by various industries. Hospitals employs the largest share of Occupational therapists at  32%, followed by Outpatient care centers with 19.4% and Elementary & secondary schools with 15.1%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Occupational therapists in the US. The average age of male Occupational therapists in the workforce is 42.7 and of female Occupational therapists is 40.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Occupational therapists is White.

Gender Composition

10.4k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 2,501

102k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 7,836

90.8% of Occupational therapists are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Occupational therapists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Occupational therapists

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

82.5% of Occupational therapists are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.81% of Occupational therapists, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Occupational therapists.

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Age by Gender

42.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 2.39

40.3

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.891

The median age of Occupational therapists is 40.5, and Male employees are generally 2.43 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Occupational therapists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Occupational therapists is Health but a relatively high number of Occupational therapists hold a major in Health.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Occupational therapists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational therapists need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Monitoring, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Occupational therapists need more than the average amount of Technology Design, Learning Strategies, and Service Orientation.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Occupational therapists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Occupational therapists are expected to see a growth of 23.8% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

23.8%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Occupational therapists. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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