$44,161
Avg. Salary
$22.98
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$307

Bonus

$36,000

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Art Therapist is $22.98 per hour.

The average pay for an Art Therapist is $44,161 per year.

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$15.97
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$34k
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MEDIAN $44,161
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$0$64K
Salary $33,887 - $59,393
Bonus $97.72 - $3,000
Profit Sharing $36,000
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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$33,791 - $64,179
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 340
Hourly Data $0$47
Hourly Rate $15.97 - $39.95
Hourly Tips $6.67
Overtime $7.93 - $47.57
Annual Data $0$64K
Bonus $97.72 - $3,000
Profit Sharing $36,000
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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$33,791 - $64,179
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 209

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.

Art Therapist Job Listings

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

12%

8%

National Average: $45,373

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

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. One of the biggest compensable factors for Art Therapists is geography, with workers in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Milwaukee and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

Art Therapist Reviews

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

Art Therapist in Los Angeles:
"Difficult to find acceptance."
Pros: Art therapy in general is more widely available out here, however, it is still difficult to transition an atr license to a state that uses rec therapy.
Cons: Commute is terrible making the pay scale unrealistic

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.
Cons:

Art Therapist in Fort Walton Beach:
"Educating to advocae art therapy."
Practice a script explaining (quickly) what Art Therapy really is and what it is NOT. Be prepared to defend your professional integrity.

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Key Stats for Art Therapist

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Art Therapist Salaries

▲24%

▲17%

▲12%

National Average
$45,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Art Therapist Salaries


National Average
$45,000

▼3%

art therapy
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 23%