Art therapist | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Art therapists help people express difficult thoughts and feelings through creative activities.

  • Switch between video sources in a studio or on multi-camera remotes, using equipment such as switchers, video slide projectors, and video effects generators.  
  • Observe pictures through monitors and direct camera and video staff concerning shading and composition.  
  • Supervise and assign duties to workers engaged in technical control and production
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Art therapists typically work around 37 to 39 hours per week.

As a Art therapist you will typically work freelance / self-employed.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical,
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
33,410 GBP *
per year
30,401 GBP
43,772 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Art therapist

  • 33,280 GBP
  • 33,436 GBP
Average salary for part-time Art therapist
Average salary for full-time Art therapist

  • 21,950 GBP
  • 21,950 GBP
  • 33,410 GBP
  • 33,436 GBP
  • 33,280 GBP
Salary over time for Art therapist

Salary for this role has increased over time
  • 30,609 GBP
  • 30,855 GBP
  • 30,796 GBP
  • 31,665 GBP
  • 31,142 GBP
  • 31,580 GBP
  • 33,410 GBP
  • 33,440 GBP
  • 34,194 GBP

Future outlook for Art therapists

Very good outlook
32 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
1% yearly wage growth (on average)
Very good outlook
21% chance of automation in the future

Art therapist - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Art therapist and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 92% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
  • 4% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
  • 1% of people in this role have a post-secondary qualification such as a Higher National Diploma

You'll need:

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • knowledge of psychology
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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Things to highlight for your Art therapist interview

Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Adaptability/Flexibility Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

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