Art Therapist Salary

Most Art Therapists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $43K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Art Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,253 - $58,666
$31K
$43K
$59K
MEDIAN: $42,993
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$15.87 - $35.57
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MEDIAN: $23.84
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,253 - $58,666  
   
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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$32,272 - $62,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.87 - $35.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.67  
Overtime
$6.14 - $46.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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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$32,272 - $62,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 112

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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Art Therapist

Pay by Experience for an Art Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Art Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 209 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Art Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 74 salaries. An experienced Art Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 45 salaries. An Art Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 27 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,106

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For Art Therapists, location is an influential factor in determining pay. American cities to the east — Washington, New York, and Philadelphia — all offer salaries upward of the national average; in fact, these names represent the highest-paid cities for Art Therapists in the country. Compared to the national average, Pittsburgh Art Therapists have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Milwaukee and Denver (14 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Art Therapist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Art Therapist?

Art Therapist in Cleveland:
"Positive and diverse environment with highly skilled medical."
Pros: Affordable city with a lot of cultural and other activities to choose from.
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Key Stats for Art Therapist

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Art Therapist Salaries

▲25%

▲18%

▲13%

National Average
$45,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Art Therapist Salaries


National Average
$45,000

▼2%

art therapy
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 21%