Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants

Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
67,550 1.4 % $24.57 $51,110 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.40 $19.87 $24.54 $28.96 $34.23
Annual Wage (2) $32,030 $41,320 $51,040 $60,250 $71,200


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 27,000 3.92 $23.77 $49,430
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 16,230 0.31 $23.46 $48,800
Nursing Care Facilities 7,720 0.46 $26.79 $55,720
Home Health Care Services 5,760 0.51 $28.89 $60,090
Offices of Physicians 3,270 0.14 $22.52 $46,840

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 27,000 3.92 $23.77 $49,430
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,270 1.03 $25.15 $52,320
Home Health Care Services 5,760 0.51 $28.89 $60,090
Nursing Care Facilities 7,720 0.46 $26.79 $55,720
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 16,230 0.31 $23.46 $48,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $36.38 $75,680
Home Health Care Services 5,760 0.51 $28.89 $60,090
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 220 0.09 $27.86 $57,960
Employment Services 910 0.03 $27.71 $57,630
Management of Companies and Enterprises 220 0.01 $27.22 $56,610


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 4,760 0.46 0.88 $31.81 $66,170
Ohio 4,730 0.95 1.80 $25.25 $52,520
California 4,610 0.33 0.62 $27.54 $57,270
Florida 4,110 0.57 1.09 $27.28 $56,740
Pennsylvania 4,070 0.73 1.39 $21.15 $44,000




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 680 0.97 1.83 $21.71 $45,150
Ohio 4,730 0.95 1.80 $25.25 $52,520
Alabama 1,620 0.90 1.70 $24.24 $50,410
Tennessee 2,280 0.88 1.66 $24.79 $51,570
Missouri 2,090 0.81 1.53 $23.02 $47,870




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 4,760 0.46 0.88 $31.81 $66,170
New Jersey 970 0.26 0.49 $27.56 $57,330
California 4,610 0.33 0.62 $27.54 $57,270
Connecticut 440 0.28 0.52 $27.53 $57,260
Florida 4,110 0.57 1.09 $27.28 $56,740





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,040 0.57 1.08 $23.15 $48,150
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.26 0.49 $25.80 $53,670
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.66 1.26 $22.33 $46,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.28 0.54 $26.85 $55,850
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,080 0.42 0.81 $30.19 $62,790
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,060 1.08 2.05 $26.01 $54,100
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.71 1.34 $28.19 $58,630
St. Louis, MO-IL 980 0.77 1.47 $23.42 $48,700
Pittsburgh, PA 950 0.86 1.62 $19.91 $41,420
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 920 0.89 1.69 $21.71 $45,160




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Gadsden, AL 110 3.25 6.17 $25.59 $53,230
New Bedford, MA 170 2.69 5.11 $27.28 $56,750
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 110 2.31 4.38 $22.20 $46,180
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 120 2.24 4.26 $28.54 $59,370
Cumberland, MD-WV 80 2.05 3.89 $25.45 $52,930
Topeka, KS 180 1.71 3.24 $25.78 $53,610
Danville, VA 60 1.67 3.18 $25.39 $52,810
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 360 1.65 3.13 $24.08 $50,080
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 70 1.57 2.97 $25.70 $53,450
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 150 1.43 2.71 $23.35 $48,570