Occupational therapists are most often employed by the
industry. The average yearly wage for Occupational therapists was Hospitals $59,731 in 2015. The top 3 most similar occupations to Occupational therapists by wage are , Conservation scientists & foresters and Firstline enlisted military supervisors . Occupational therapists are part of the Social & community service managers Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations category, along with Chiropractors; Dentists; Dietitians & nutritionists; Optometrists; Pharmacists; and Physicians & surgeons.
The top 3 locations that employ the most Occupational therapists are
, Fargo City PUMA, ND and Franklin & Brentwood Cities PUMA, TN . The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Occupational therapists are Downers Grove Township PUMA, IL , Butler, Ripley, Wayne, Madison, Iron, Reynolds & Carter Counties PUMA, MO and Fargo City PUMA, ND . Franklin & Brentwood Cities PUMA, TN
Information on the businesses and industries that employ Occupational therapists and on wages and locations for those in the field.
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 Hospitals . Occupational therapists are paid most in Offices of other health practitioners but are relatively concentrated in Orange County (Southeast) PUMA, NY . Butler, Ripley, Wayne, Madison, Iron, Reynolds & Carter Counties PUMA, MO
2015, Occupational therapists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.242, which is lower than the national average of 0.486. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Occupational therapists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).
This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Occupational therapists.
This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a
relatively high population of Occupational therapists.
103,613 2015 workforce
1 year Growth
The number of people employed as Occupational therapists has been growing at a rate of 4.92%, from
98,754 people in 2014 to 103,613 people in 2015.
This graphic shows the share of Occupational therapists employed by various industries.
employs the largest share of Occupational therapists at Hospitals 28.1%, followed by with Outpatient care centers 23% and with Elementary & secondary schools 15.1%.
Demographic information on Occupational therapists in the US. The average age of male Occupational therapists in the workforce is
38.4 and of female Occupational therapists is 41.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Occupational therapists is White.
91,534 Female Workforce
12,079 Male Workforce
88.3% of Occupational therapists are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Occupational therapists.
Most common race or ethnicity of Occupational therapists
3. Black or African American
82.9% of Occupational therapists are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.1% 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.
Average Male Age
Average Female Age
The median age of Occupational therapists is
40.8, and Male employees are generally 2.67 years younger than than their Female counterparts.
Data on higher education choices for Occupational therapists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Occupational therapists is
but a relatively high number of Occupational therapists hold a major in Health . Engineering Technologies
ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
This graphic shows the share of Bachelor's Degree concentrations held by Occupational therapists whose highest degree obtained (which may be in another concentration) is a
. Master's degree
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
Critical Thinking, Active Listening, and Writing. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Occupational therapists need more than the average amount of Technology Design, Science, and Learning Strategies.
Projections on wages and job growth for Occupational therapists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow
6.5%, but Occupational therapists are expected to see a growth of 26.5% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow faster than the national average.
This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2014 to 2024) for Occupational therapists. This profession is expected to grow faster than
6.5%, the average rate of national job growth.