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Art Therapist Salary

Pay for Art Therapists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $40K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $31K to $62K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Art Therapists is high. The vast majority of Art Therapists (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,011 - $53,881
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,360
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50%
90%

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$15.98 - $47.93
(Median)
$16
$23
$48
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,011 - $53,881  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
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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$30,944 - $61,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.98 - $47.93  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $52.35  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
   
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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$30,944 - $61,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131

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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Art Therapists who took the survey. Group Therapy and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Counseling and Group Therapy are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Art Therapist

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


For many Art Therapists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $40K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Art Therapists make a median salary of $50K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $53K.

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Experience Affects Art Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Art Therapist Salaries

Group Therapy
up arrow 7%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 22%
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