Art Therapist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Art Therapists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $44K annually on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Art Therapists. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,602 - $58,939
$34K
$44K
$59K
MEDIAN: $43,631
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$15.48 - $38.47
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MEDIAN: $23.59
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$0$63K
Salary $33,602 - $58,939
Bonus $101.37 - $4,027
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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$33,321 - $63,192
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 194
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $15.48 - $38.47
Hourly Tips $6.67
Overtime $6.14 - $46.60
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $101.37 - $4,027
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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$33,321 - $63,192
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 119

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Art Therapist

Pay by Experience for an Art Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Art Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 209 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Art Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 74 salaries. An experienced Art Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 45 salaries. An Art Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 27 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,168

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Art Therapists, location is an influential factor in determining pay. American cities to the east — Washington, New York, and Philadelphia — all offer salaries upward of the national average; in fact, these names represent the highest-paid cities for Art Therapists in the country. One of the biggest compensable factors for Art Therapists is geography, with workers in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Milwaukee and 12 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Art Therapist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Art Therapist?

Art Therapist in Cleveland:
"Positive and diverse environment with highly skilled medical."
Pros: Affordable city with a lot of cultural and other activities to choose from.
Cons:

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Key Stats for Art Therapist

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Art Therapist Salaries

▲25%

▲18%

▲13%

National Average
$45,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Art Therapist Salaries


National Average
$45,000

▼2%

art therapy
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 21%
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