Michigan Occupational Therapist Salaries
Salary for Occupational Therapists in Michigan
The state of Michigan offers a variety of fun activities to entice visitors and new residents. The state is known for its extensive system of snowmobile trails. Additionally, the state touches four of the five Great Lakes, so there are a wide variety of water activities available. Michigan also has a lot to offer in its larger cities, such as Motown (Detroit), the University of Michigan and several museums in Ann Arbor, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.
The state has seen economic challenges in recent times as the automotive industry – historically the backbone of Michigan’s industrial base – has seen dramatic downturns. According to FDIC State Profiles, Michigan had 15.2 percent unemployment in the last quarter of 2009. This can make careers in fields such as healthcare even more attractive since the demand for healthcare professionals has been increasing. Also, Occupational Therapists that specialize in working with older Americans will see even more demand as the population ages.
Currently, the Michigan Board of Occupational Therapists lists 4,468 licensed Occupational Therapists in the state and 1,203 Occupational Therapy Assistants. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that while the median annual household income in Michigan in 2008 was $51,001, the average Michigan Occupational Therapist salary was $64,500 and the median annual income for Occupational Therapists was $42,800.
Most Occupational Therapy professionals belong to Michigan Occupational Therapy Association (MiOTA). This voluntary professional association offers information for OT professionals in the state of Michigan.
A completely separate entity is the Michigan Board of Occupational Therapists, a part of the state legislative system. MBOT is authorized by the state legislature to monitor the profession and develop rules and regulations for OTs. There are nine members of the board. Under the licensure law, five of the members are Occupational Therapists and four are members of the public, including at least one medical doctor.