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States with occupational therapy schools

How will your occupational therapy education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your occupational therapy education with occupational therapy education around the nation. The US has 322 brick and mortar occupational therapy schools.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had occupational therapy programs were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California
  3. New York University - located in New York, New York

Student Demographics

In 2010, 7,804 students earned degrees in occupational therapy in the US. Of these students, 93 received certifications in occupational therapy, 3,235 received an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy, and 4,476 received a graduate-level degree in occupational therapy.


Students can pursue education in occupational therapy at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Doctoral Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Certificate in Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying occupational therapy:

  • Kinesiology
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking


In 2010, occupational therapy schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $18,992 per year. The occupational therapy schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Tufts University - located in Medford, Massachusetts, students paid $40,342
  3. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $39,183

The occupational therapy schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. The University of Texas-Pan American - located in Edinburg, Texas, students paid $4,561
  2. East Carolina University - located in Greenville, North Carolina, students paid $4,477
  3. Florida Gulf Coast University - located in Fort Myers, Florida, students paid $4,437

How will your occupational therapy job compare?

A large number of occupational therapy majors work as occupational therapists after graduation. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 100,300 occupational therapists working in the US in 2010. The following states have the largest number of occupational therapists:

  1. California - 8,130 Occupational Therapists
  2. Texas - 7,280 Occupational Therapists
  3. New York - 7,100 Occupational Therapists

Projected Growth

Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for occupational therapists to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Utah - 39%
  2. Idaho - 35%
  3. Texas - 34%


On average, an occupational therapist earns a salary of $66,522 per year in the US. However, factors such as location, professional associations and certifications, or your boss can cause the salary for an occupational therapist to vary greatly. Approximately 10 percent of occupational therapists earn less than $17,170 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $163,750 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for an occupational therapist:

  1. California - $84,320 per year
  2. Washington DC - $83,550 per year
  3. Nevada - $82,980 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for occupational therapists:

  1. North Dakota - $56,170 per year
  2. South Dakota - $59,960 per year
  3. Montana - $60,760 per year

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occupational therapy?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Occupational Therapists 100,300 $73,380 14.7%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 27,720 $51,300 25.1%
Occupational Therapy Aides 7,180 $31,090 15.4%