Art Therapist Salary – Trends, Averages


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According to the American Medical Association. the following art therapist salary information applied to 2009:

Starting salary: $39,000

Overall Average: $30,000 – $50,000

What Factors Affect Art Therapist Salaries?

The average salary of an art therapist’s job and jobs related to art therapy or someone who utilizes art to heal depends on a variety of factors, including but not limited to the following:

  • certification, licensing, etc.
  • employer
  • experience
  • geographic location
  • salaried employee, independent contractor, hourly, etc.

If you’re not familiar with art therapy, you can read more about what it is and how it helps. You can also learn more about schools and education. We’ll be adding more to these sections in the future as well as our careers section in time.

What is the Average Salary of an Art Therapist?

As we mentioned above, a professional Art Therapist’s salary will depend on a variety of things including employer and geographic location. Salaries in the United States tend to range approximately between $30,000 and $70,000. According to data submitted directly through our survey, the average U.S. Art Therapist salary is approximately $42,000 per year .

Average Salary by Years of Experience

Please keep in mind that this is a very rough estimation for average salaries. For example, it’s entirely possible that someone with 1-4 years of experience can earn more than someone with over 20 years of experience. Please fill out our anonymous survey to help us provide better

information for you and others in the future. **Update – We have updated the chart below to reflect data directly from our survey. Since the amount of data we currently have is somewhat low, we’ll update this more in the future once we have collected more data.

**The data in the chart above is from our Salary Survey. We currently only enough data for the U.S. only, with 30+ individuals reporting. We did not have enough data to report on the 20+ years category, so we have left that off for now. Want to help make this data better? Please contribute to our anonymous salary survey .

Professional Art Therapists with…

  • less than 1 year of experience may earn less than $35,000 per year on average
  • 1-4 years of experience varied in salary quite a bit, earning between $30,000 and $60,000 per year, with an average of $38,000
  • 5-9 years of experience averaged about $52,000 per year on average
  • 10-19 years of experience may earn between $44,000 and $50,000 per year on average
  • 20 or more years of experience may earn $65k or more annually – we only have a handful of people reporting data for this group so far.

Art Therapist Salaries by Geographic Location

As you may already be aware, geography can affect salary, not only internationally, but also within a country as well. Stay tuned for an upcoming article about the average art therapy salary for various parts of the United States.

Additional Data From Our Survey

Additional Art Therapy Career Information

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