Art Therapist Salary

Earnings for Art Therapists in the United States come in at around $42K per year on average. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 90 percent of Art Therapists are female. Most Art Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,359 - $55,357
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$55K
MEDIAN: $41,612
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50%
90%

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$16.33 - $40.51
(Median)
$16
$24
$41
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,359 - $55,357  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,235  
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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$31,756 - $61,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.33 - $40.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.67  
Overtime
$4.00 - $52.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,235  
   
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).
)
$31,756 - $61,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 146
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Art Therapist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Art Therapists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $41K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Art Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Art Therapists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $53K.

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Experience Affects Art Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Art Therapist Salaries


Counseling
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National Average
$44,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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