Art Therapist Salary

The average Art Therapist in the United States earns approximately $41K annually. Earnings sit near $31K on the lower side but can approach $63K per year on the higher side. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Art Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. Some workers in this field — just under one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,916 - $54,402

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$16.36 - $41.52

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,916 - $54,402  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,223  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,915 - $63,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.36 - $41.52  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $52.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,223  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,915 - $63,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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Job Description for Art Therapist

Art therapists work with patients who are encountering mental or emotional challenges; the creativity unleashed in creating art often helps patients explore their feelings and improve in many areas of their lives. Art therapists must help patients to feel achieved, possess appropriate behavior, reduce stress, and increase a general sense of well-being.

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Art Therapist Tasks

  • Assess patients' development, abilities, personality, interests and conflicts through their art productions.
  • Encourage patients with special needs and circumstances to express themselves creatively with art.
  • Prepare and submit patients' reactions and progress reports, confer with treatment team.
  • Develop treatment plan with varied interventions based on assessment, interests and objectives of therapy.

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Typical Art Therapists report a focused set of job skills. Group Therapy and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Group Therapy is a skill commonly found among those who know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Art Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Art Therapists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $54K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Art Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Art Therapist Salaries

Group Therapy
up arrow 8%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 23%
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