Art Therapist Salary

Art Therapists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $42K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Female Art Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Art Therapists. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,359 - $55,357
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$55K
MEDIAN: $41,612
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90%

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

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National Salary Data (?
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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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Art Therapists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Group Therapy and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those with knowledge of Counseling tend to be skilled in Group Therapy as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Art Therapist

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


For Art Therapists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $41K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $49K. On average, Art Therapists make $52K following one to two decades on the job. 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
up arrow 1%

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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