Art Therapist Salary

Art Therapists in the United States take home an average $41K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $31K, and the top verges on $62K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. There are far more female Art Therapists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not claimed by all — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,899 - $54,145
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,517
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$16.04 - $41.62
(Median)
$16
$24
$42
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,899 - $54,145  
   
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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$30,780 - $62,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 181
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.04 - $41.62  
   
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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$30,780 - $62,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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 indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Group Therapy and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Aptitude in Counseling tends to also indicate an understanding of Group Therapy.

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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Art Therapists make a median salary of $51K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $53K.

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Experience Affects Art Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

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 49 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: 43% employee benefits None: 22%
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