Occupational Therapist Demographics

The occupational therapist workforce reached a whopping 141,405 in 2020! Among those workers, we discovered that 77.5% of them are women, while 19.0% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among occupational therapists is White, which makes up 78.5% of all occupational therapists. Comparatively, there are 9.0% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The majority of occupational therapists are located in New York, NY and Chicago, IL. Occupational therapists are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies. Taking it a step further, occupational therapists are more likely to find a job in the health care industry. And perhaps the best information we found was that California, Hawaii, Alaska, Nevada and Oregon are where occupational therapists find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about occupational therapist demographics? We analyzed 22,778 occupational therapists resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Occupational Therapist Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as occupational therapists. Keep reading to find out what the results for occupational therapists were.

Occupational Therapist Gender Ratio

Among occupational therapists, 77.5% of them are women compared to 19.0% which are men.

  • Female, 77.5%
  • Male, 19.0%
  • Unknown, 3.5%

Occupational Therapist Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among occupational therapists is White, which makes up 78.5% of all occupational therapists. Comparatively, there are 9.0% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

  • White, 78.5%
  • Asian, 9.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 5.8%
  • Black or African American, 5.0%
  • Unknown, 1.4%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Occupational Therapists

The chart below shows that 57.1% of occupational therapists speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Korean at 14.3% and Burmese is the third-most popular at 14.3%.

  • Spanish, 71.4%
  • Korean, 14.3%
  • Burmese, 14.3%

Occupational Therapist Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among occupational therapists.

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

Occupational Therapist Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

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

Number Of Years On The Job For Occupational Therapist

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Occupational Therapists with Other Job Titles

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

Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Perinatal Nurse3%92%
Therapeutic Dietitian3%94%
Obstetrical Nurse4%92%
Occupational Therapist19%78%
Associate Doctor66%23%
Nutrient Management Specialist71%29%
Flight Surgeon78%21%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Flight Surgeon
Nutrient Management Specialist
Associate Doctor
Occupational Therapist
Obstetrical Nurse
Therapeutic Dietitian
Perinatal Nurse
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

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 Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Sports Nutritionist10.79%
Head Nurse16.45%
Speech Language Pathologist19.27%
Radiation Therapy Technician21.51%
Orthopedic Physical Therapist22.56%
Certified Physician Assistant23.61%
Occupational Therapist24.15%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Occupational Therapist?

male-income
Male Income
$77,630
female-income
Female Income
$76,021

Occupational Therapist Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Asian women make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$82,748
$81,028
$79,309
$77,589
$75,869
$74,149
$72,430
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Occupational Therapist Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Master's Degree$84,796
Doctorate Degree$87,309
Bachelor's Degree$87,631

Occupational Therapist Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$89,728
$87,631
$85,533
$83,435
$81,338
$79,240
$77,142
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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 $84,402. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Occupational Therapists Earn The Most?

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

Where Are Occupational Therapists Located?

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

Where Are Occupational Therapists In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country occupational therapists are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Occupational Therapist Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ occupational therapists. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most occupational therapists is the health care industry.

What Percentage Of Occupational Therapist Jobs Are Remote?

0.3% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

99.7% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

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

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.

Private

Public

Government

Education

Industry Concentration

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, non profits and professional.

Health Care

Non Profits

Professional

Education

Retail

Occupational Therapist Jobs