Art Therapist Salary

Art Therapists in the United States can expect wages of $41K annually on average. Compensation ranges between $31K and $63K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly more than a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. The vast majority of Art Therapists (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Most Art Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,925 - $54,370
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,708
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$16.34 - $44.50
(Median)
$16
$24
$44
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,925 - $54,370  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,223  
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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$30,905 - $63,396  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.34 - $44.50  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $52.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,223  
   
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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$30,905 - $63,396  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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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. It is not unusual for someone who knows Counseling to be familiar with Group Therapy as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Art Therapist

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


Art Therapists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $40K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $47K. On average, Art Therapists make $51K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Art Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Art Therapist Salaries

Group Therapy
up arrow 11%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 22%
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