Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for occupational therapists in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 134,369 occupational therapists currently employed in the United States.
  • 83.2% of all occupational therapists are women, while 16.8% are men.
  • The average age of an employed occupational therapist is 39 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of occupational therapists is White (75.3%), followed by Asian (9.6%), Hispanic or Latino (6.2%) and Black or African American (4.8%).
  • Occupational therapists are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  • The professional industry is the highest-paying for occupational therapists.
  • Salinas, CA pays an annual average wage of $108,453, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 97% of what men earned.
  • 14% of all occupational therapists are LGBT.
  • California is the best state for occupational therapists to live.
  • Occupational therapists are 83% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Occupational Therapist Statistics By Gender

83.2% of occupational therapists are women and 16.8% of occupational therapists are men.

  • Female, 83.2%
  • Male, 16.8%

Occupational Therapists By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female83.2%
Male16.8%

Gender Pay Gap For Occupational Therapist

Women Earn 97¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$72,235
female-income
Female Income
$69,803

Occupational Therapist Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the occupational therapist position over time.

Male
Female
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Occupational Therapist Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201014.73%85.27%
201111.13%88.87%
201216.61%83.39%
201311.81%88.19%
201414.50%85.50%
201515.83%84.17%
201613.87%86.13%
201712.02%87.98%
201821.34%78.66%
201914.56%85.44%
202013.38%86.62%
202116.78%83.22%

Occupational Therapist Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, flight surgeon and optometrist, owner have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Staff Nurse Midwife2%98%
Perinatal Nurse3%97%
Therapeutic Dietitian3%97%
Occupational Therapist17%83%
Radiology Resident75%25%
Optometrist, Owner76%24%
Flight Surgeon82%18%

Occupational Therapist Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among occupational therapists is White, which makes up 75.3% of all occupational therapists. Comparatively, there are 9.6% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

  • White, 75.3%
  • Asian, 9.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 6.2%
  • Black or African American, 4.8%
  • Unknown, 3.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.4%

Occupational Therapist Race

Occupational Therapist RacePercentages
White75.3%
Asian9.6%
Hispanic or Latino6.2%
Black or African American4.8%
Unknown3.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.4%

Occupational Therapist Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among occupational therapists.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Occupational Therapist Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201079.18%4.98%7.58%6.37%
201181.73%4.06%8.30%4.32%
201279.16%5.49%8.22%5.86%
201381.35%4.46%7.36%5.75%
201479.82%4.59%8.25%5.74%
201577.60%5.06%10.39%5.70%
201680.32%4.07%8.25%5.72%
201777.01%4.78%9.43%6.48%
201878.25%5.02%8.93%6.06%
201978.73%4.95%8.65%6.11%
202077.10%4.11%8.55%6.24%
202175.34%4.83%9.59%6.24%

Occupational Therapist Wage Gap By Race

Asian occupational therapists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White occupational therapists have the lowest average salary at $70,105.
$77,000
$75,000
$73,000
$71,000
$69,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$70,782
White$70,105
Black or African American$71,534
Asian$75,762
Hispanic or Latino$73,130

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Average Age of an Occupational Therapist

We determined the average age of occupational therapists based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Occupational Therapist Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown38
White4238
Black or African American39
Asian3837.5
Hispanic or Latino36.5

Occupational Therapist Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of occupational therapist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of occupational therapists is 40+ years old, which represents 46% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Occupational Therapist Age

Occupational Therapist YearsPercentages
40+ years46%
30-40 years37%
20-30 years17%

Types of Occupational Therapist Degree Levels

The most common degree for occupational therapists is bachelor's degree 55% of occupational therapists earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 37% and rounding it off is associate degree with 5%.

  • Bachelors, 55%
  • Masters, 37%
  • Associate, 5%
  • Doctorate, 1%
  • Other Degrees, 2%

Occupational Therapists By Education

Occupational Therapist DegreePercentages
Bachelors55%
Masters37%
Associate5%
Doctorate1%
Other Degrees2%

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Occupational Therapist Wage Gap By Education

Occupational therapists with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $80,905 annually. With a Masters degree, occupational therapists earn a median annual income of $80,503 compared to $79,115 for occupational therapists with an Doctorate degree.
$82,000
$81,000
$80,000
$79,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$80,503
Bachelor's Degree$80,905
Doctorate Degree$79,115

Occupational Therapist Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where occupational therapists work. We found most occupational therapists work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most occupational therapists is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire occupational therapists.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Occupational Therapist Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees5%
50 - 100 employees12%
100 - 500 employees23%
500 - 1,000 employees11%
1,000 - 10,000 employees30%
> 10,000 employees18%

The Types Of Companies Occupational Therapist Work In

Employees with the occupational therapist job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most occupational therapists prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Occupational Therapist Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education8%
Public6%
Private83%
Government3%

Top Industries Hiring Occupational Therapists

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ occupational therapists. Those industries include health care, professional and education.

Health Care

Professional

Education

Non Profits

Government

Occupational Therapist Turnover And Employment Statistics

Occupational Therapist Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of occupational therapists changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Occupational Therapist Unemployment Rate By Year

YearOccupational Therapist Unemployment Rate
20100.76%
20110.66%
20120.88%
20130.99%
20141.93%
20150.09%
20161.02%
20171.26%
20180.48%
20190.89%
20202.70%
20211.76%

The Average Number of Years That Occupational Therapist Stay in a Job

By looking over 22,778 occupational therapists resumes, we figured out that the average occupational therapist enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 29%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Occupational Therapist Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year25%
1-2 years29%
3-4 years12%
5-7 years17%
8-10 years7%
11+ years9%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Occupational Therapists with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to occupational therapists.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
General Pediatrician9.88%42,460
Pediatric Physician Assistant11.62%52,560
Reiki Practitioner13.00%26,714
Public Health Physician13.05%93,090
Occupational Therapist14.38%-
Optometrist/Practice Owner17.57%59,755
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist31.64%189,889

Occupational Therapist LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
General Pediatrician9.88%42,460
Pediatric Physician Assistant11.62%52,560
Reiki Practitioner13.00%26,714
Public Health Physician13.05%93,090
Optometrist/Practice Owner17.57%59,755
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist31.64%189,889

Foreign Languages Spoken By Occupational Therapists

The most common foreign language among occupational therapists is Spanish at 56.0%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 5.6% and Russian is the third-most popular at 5.3%.

  • Spanish, 56.0%
  • French, 5.6%
  • Russian, 5.3%
  • Korean, 4.3%
  • Chinese, 3.7%
  • Other, 25.1%

Occupational Therapist Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish56.0%
French5.6%
Russian5.3%
Korean4.3%
Chinese3.7%
Other25.1%

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Occupational Therapist Heatmaps

The amount you can make as an occupational therapist can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of occupational therapists is $81,668. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Occupational Therapists Earn The Most?

Occupational therapists earn the most in California, where the average occupational therapist salary is $105,738. The map here shows where occupational therapists earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Occupational Therapists?

By looking through more than 22,778 resumes, we found that the most popular places for occupational therapists are New York, NY and Chicago, IL.

Number of Occupational Therapists

Number Of Occupational Therapist Jobs By State

Where Are Occupational Therapists In High Demand?

Occupational therapists are in high demand in New York, NY. There are currently 119 job openings for occupational therapists here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country occupational therapists are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Occupational Therapist Demographics FAQs

How Many Occupational Therapist Are There In The Us?

There are over 134,369 Occupational Therapists in the United States.

What Percentage Of Occupational Therapists Are Black?

4.8% of Occupational Therapists are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Occupational Therapists?

Most an are White, with 75.3% of Occupational Therapists belonging to this ethnicity. 9.6% of Occupational Therapists are Asian, 6.2% of Occupational Therapists are Hispanic or Latino, 4.8% of Occupational Therapists are Black or African American, 3.7% of Occupational Therapists are Unknown, and 0.4% of Occupational Therapists are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Occupational Therapist Jobs Male - Dominated?

No, Occupational Therapist jobs are not male - dominated. 83% of Occupational Therapists are female, and 16% are male, so there are more female Occupational Therapists than male Occupational Therapists in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Occupational Therapist?

The average Occupational Therapist is 40 years old. 46% of Occupational Therapists are 40+ years old or older, 37% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 17% are between 20-30 years old

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