The market for Art Therapists is most competitive on the East Coast, where the three top-paying cities can be found: Washington, Philadelphia, and New York. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. One-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction for Art Therapists is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,377 - $58,461
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,486
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90%

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$15.79 - $39.94
(Median)
$16
$24
$40
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,377 - $58,461  
   
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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$31,141 - $63,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 204
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.79 - $39.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.67  
Overtime
$6.07 - $38.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
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).
)
$31,141 - $63,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Art Therapist

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


Art Therapists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $51K. Art Therapists bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $55K.

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Experience Affects Art Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Art Therapist Salaries


Counseling
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National Average
$44,000

art therapy
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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