Art Therapist Salary

Most Art Therapists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $43K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Art Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,253 - $58,666
$31K
$43K
$59K
MEDIAN: $42,993
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$15.87 - $35.57
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MEDIAN: $23.84
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,253 - $58,666  
   
Bonus
$150.00 - $4,500  
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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$32,272 - $62,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.87 - $35.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.67  
Overtime
$6.14 - $46.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$150.00 - $4,500  
   
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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$32,272 - $62,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 112

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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

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $51K. On average, Art Therapists make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $56K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,106

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. Compared to the national average, Pittsburgh Art Therapists have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Milwaukee and Denver (14 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Art Therapist

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
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

▼8%

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 27 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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