California Occupational Therapist Salaries
Salary for Occupational Therapists in California
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average national salary for an Occupational Therapist (May 2008) is $67,920. Occupational therapists working in the state of California, however, can look forward to making from $12,000 to $41,000 per year more. This means the California Occupational Therapist salary can be 17% to 61% more than their counterparts in other states. Cities in California boasting the most Occupational Therapist positions include Oakland, San Diego, and Sacramento.
Salaries for Occupational Therapists in California Cities
Beverly Hills: $92,000.00
Laguna Beach: $85,000.00
Los Angeles: $91,000.00
Newport Beach: $86,000.00
Palm Springs: $83,000.00
Palo Alto: $108,000.00
Redondo Beach: $92,000.00
San Diego: $82,000.00
San Francisco: $105,000.00
San Jose: $106,000.00
Santa Barbara: $79,000.00
Santa Cruz: $102,000.00
Santa Monica: $92,000.00
Major Employers of Occupational Therapists in the State of California
Most Occupational Therapist positions can be found in hospitals and school systems. Other milieus in which OTs and OTAs can be found include health care clinics, long term care facilities, mental health facilities, travel companies, workplace settings, and home health agencies. Examples of employers of OTs and OTAs in California include:
- Mercy Hospital, Bakersfield
- Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, Thousand Oaks
- St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton
- Regional Medical Center, San Jose
- Travel Rehab.com, Santa Clara
- John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Professional Organizations for Occupational Therapists in California
- Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC): This professional organization was formed in 1976 when the southern and northern groups of Occupational Therapists in California merged. It represents the 10,000 OTs and OTAs throughout the state. The OTAC strives to maintain a high degree of competency among OTs and OTAs by providing continuing education courses, licensing and renewal information, the latest news and changes in regulations in the state, and a job board for OT/OTA positions throughout the state.
- American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA): Established in 1917, this national professional organization represents the interests of Occupational Therapists/Occupational Therapist Assistants and students of Occupational Therapy. With a membership of about 40,000 across the United States, joining this organization will put you in touch with other OTs/OTAs and provide links to continuing education, subscriptions or discounts to journals and quarterlies, and keep you up to date on the latest news and changing regulations.
American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
4720 Montgomery Lane
PO Box 31220
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220