Occupational therapists

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Total Workforce

115k

Average Age

41.1

Average Salary

$64,991

Average Male Salary

$74,678

Average Female Salary

$63,126

About

Occupational therapists are most often employed by the General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Occupational therapists was $64,991 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Occupational therapists by wage are Electrical and electronic engineering technologists and technicians, Procurement clerks, and Writers & authors.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Occupational therapists are Middlesex County PUMA, CT, Portland City (Southeast) PUMA, OR, and Fort Collins City PUMA, CO. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Occupational therapists are Portland City (Southeast) PUMA, OR, Middlesex County PUMA, CT, and Fort Collins City PUMA, CO.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Occupational therapists and on wages and locations for those in the field. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) 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 Offices of physicians. Occupational therapists are paid most in Pima County (Northeast) PUMA, AZ but are relatively concentrated in Portland City (Southeast) PUMA, OR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$64,991

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,295

In 2018, Occupational therapists earned an average of $64,991, $11,102 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Procurement clerks make somewhat more than Occupational therapists while Electrical and electronic engineering technologists and technicians 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

0.215

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Occupational therapists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.215, 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

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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

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Industries by Share

115k

2018 Workforce

± 8,328

2.51%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 10%

The number of people employed as Occupational therapists has been growing at a rate of 2.51%, from 112,323 people in 2017 to 115,137 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Occupational therapists employed by various industries. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals employs the largest share of Occupational therapists at  25.8%, followed by Outpatient care centers with 22.8% and Elementary & secondary schools with 17.3%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Occupational therapists in the US. The average age of male Occupational therapists in the workforce is 41.7 and of female Occupational therapists is 40.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Occupational therapists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

18.6k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 3,347

96.6k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 7,626

83.9% 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 (Non-Hispanic)

  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

82.7% of Occupational therapists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 6.57% of Occupational therapists, Asian (Non-Hispanic) 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

41.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.97

40.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.922

The median age of Occupational therapists is 41.1, and Male employees are generally 0.753 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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