Occupational Therapy Assistant Salary and Job Description in Arizona - AZ
According to the Arizona Workforce Informer of the state’s Department of Labor, in 2008 there were an estimated 212 occupational therapist assistants working in the state. By 2018, the state projects that there will be 260 occupational therapist assistant, a projected gain of 48 occupational therapist assistant jobs, amounting to an increase of 22.6%. This is good news for those wishing to pursue the profession of occupational therapy assistant in the state of Arizona.
The Arizona Workforce Informer also reports that in 2009, the average occupational therapy assistant salary in Arizona was $23.58 per hour, translating into an average annual wage of $49,046. This is quite a favorable salary for a position requiring an associate’s degree. The Arizona Workforce Informer estimates that, in some parts of the state, hourly wages for occupational therapy assistants may go as high as $29.41 per hour, or $61,172 yearly.
Wages, of course, tend to vary depending upon the part of Arizona in which one works. For example, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), occupational therapy assistants working in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area make an average yearly income of $51,170. Occupational therapy assistants employed in the Tucson area, on the other hand, make about $47,260 annually. Indeed.com reports that occupational therapists in the Glendale area earn about $54,000 per year.