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Art Therapist Salary

Earnings for Art Therapists in the United States come in at around $40K per year on average. Earnings sit near $31K on the lower side but can approach $63K per year on the higher side. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Female Art Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most Art Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,972 - $53,164
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $40,363
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$16.00 - $48.36
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$48
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,972 - $53,164  
   
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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$30,902 - $62,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.00 - $48.36  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $52.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$30,902 - $62,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127

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Job Description for Art Therapist

Creation of artistic works has been an ancient practice that has been said to delve into the inner workings of the human mind and bring out the true emotions of the person behind the artwork. As such, it should come as no surprise that art therapy is a viable practice meant to nurture patients in a unique way. An art therapist, therefore, is an experienced artist who also has solid knowledge of human psychology and mental development. Because art therapy is a clinical practice, it is almost essential that the art therapist have a degree in at least art or psychology. The art therapist is experienced in picking up subtle nonverbal and metaphorical imagery contained within both the process of creating the artistic piece, and the final piece itself. Any person can undergo the therapy, whether it be one person or multiple. By undergoing the process of art therapy, a patient is guided by the therapist to induce certain feelings with the goal of uncovering something about oneself. By creating the artwork, the patient can undergo personal growth and reflection, and gain an increased understanding of others or learn to cope with certain problems in their life. To become a registered art therapist, one must receive approved training, often at the postgraduate level. A typical art therapist's duties will be quite similar to that of a normal therapist, including receiving referrals from other therapists, sending out referrals of their own, attending meetings, and listening in-depth to the client, as a normal therapist would, to gain a deeper meaning of the patient's mental condition. Overall, the art therapist's job is similar to a regular therapist's, instead the art therapist uses the creation of artwork to spur deeper feelings and emotions instead of strictly conversing with the patient.


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 note just a narrow range of job skills. 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $40K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $46K. Art Therapists see a median salary of $49K after reaching 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 24%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

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
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
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 23%