Women make up the vast majority of Art Therapists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $42K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — nearly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Work is enjoyable for Art Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,868 - $57,542
$31K
$42K
$58K
MEDIAN: $42,162
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90%

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$16.13 - $39.95
$16
$24
$40
MEDIAN: $24.10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,868 - $57,542  
   
Bonus
$149.50 - $4,848  
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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$31,908 - $62,932  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.13 - $39.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.67  
Overtime
$6.07 - $46.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$149.50 - $4,848  
   
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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$31,908 - $62,932  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 119

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Art Therapist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Art Therapists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $41K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Key Stats for Art Therapist

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
049
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Art Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Art Therapist Salaries


National Average
$45,000


art therapy
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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