Art Therapist Salary (United States)

The average salary for an Art Therapist is $40,570 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Art Therapist Total Pay (?
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$29,865 - $53,735
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MEDIAN: $40,570
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Art Therapist Total Pay (?
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$16.36 - $34.77
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,865 - $53,735  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
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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$30,929 - $60,742  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.36 - $34.77  
   
Overtime
$0.14 - $51.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
   
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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$30,929 - $60,742  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 277
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Job Description for Art Therapist
Creation of artistic works has been an ancient practice that has been said to delve into the inner workings of the human mind and bring out the true emotions of the person behind the artwork. As such, it should come as no surprise that art therapy is a viable practice meant to nurture patients in a unique way. An art therapist, therefore, is an experienced artist who also has solid knowledge of human psychology and mental development. Because art therapy is a clinical practice, it is almost essential that the art therapist have a degree in at least art or psychology. The art therapist is experienced in picking up subtle nonverbal and metaphorical imagery contained within both the process of creating the artistic piece, and the final piece itself. Any person can undergo the therapy, whether it be one person or multiple. By undergoing the process of art therapy, a patient is guided by the therapist to induce certain feelings with the goal of uncovering something about oneself. By creating the artwork, the patient can undergo personal growth and reflection, and gain an increased understanding of others or learn to cope with certain problems in their life. To become a registered art therapist, one must receive approved training, often at the postgraduate level. A typical art therapist's duties will be quite similar to that of a normal therapist, including receiving referrals from other therapists, sending out referrals of their own, attending meetings, and listening in-depth to the client, as a normal therapist would, to gain a deeper meaning of the patient's mental condition. Overall, the art therapist's job is similar to a regular therapist's, instead the art therapist uses the creation of artwork to spur deeper feelings and emotions instead of strictly conversing with the patient.
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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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Chicago
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New York
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National Average
$43,000
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Experience Affects Art Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 7%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$43,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 21%
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