Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

31-2011 Occupational Therapist Assistants

Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
26,680 2.2 % $24.44 $50,830 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.03 $19.81 $24.16 $28.80 $32.91
Annual Wage (2) $33,350 $41,200 $50,250 $59,890 $68,450


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 8,590 $25.69 $53,430
Nursing Care Facilities 5,110 $25.98 $54,030
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,760 $22.23 $46,240
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,920 $21.36 $44,430
Home Health Care Services 1,220 $29.32 $60,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Home Health Care Services 1,220 $29.32 $60,980
Employment Services 440 $26.31 $54,730
Nursing Care Facilities 5,110 $25.98 $54,030
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 8,590 $25.69 $53,430
Outpatient Care Centers 550 $25.34 $52,710


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Ohio 2,400 $24.66 $51,290 0.471
Massachusetts 1,170 $23.20 $48,260 0.370
Pennsylvania 2,020 $22.01 $45,770 0.362
Rhode Island 140 $24.91 $51,820 0.306
Oklahoma 470 $23.40 $48,670 0.305

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Texas 1,880 $31.68 $65,900 0.183
Idaho 70 $30.50 $63,430 0.111
New Jersey 310 $28.82 $59,940 0.080
Florida 1,110 $27.76 $57,750 0.151
California 1,830 $27.51 $57,230 0.126


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Gadsden, AL 50 $24.39 $50,740 1.467
Cumberland, MD-WV 40 $19.24 $40,010 1.090
Canton-Massillon, OH 160 $25.48 $53,000 0.982
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 220 $24.01 $49,930 0.981
Toledo, OH 250 $25.07 $52,150 0.844

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
El Paso, TX 60 $36.34 $75,580 0.223
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 420 $35.40 $73,620 0.163
Odessa, TX 50 $34.05 $70,830 0.817
Lynchburg, VA 80 $32.08 $66,720 0.815
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 450 $31.83 $66,210 0.221


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010