Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

31-2022 Physical Therapist Aides

Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.


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)
47,640 2.0 % $12.11 $25,190 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.26 $9.55 $11.39 $13.87 $16.99
Annual Wage (2) $17,180 $19,860 $23,680 $28,850 $35,340


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 25,020 3.63 $11.49 $23,890
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,380 0.16 $12.88 $26,800
Nursing Care Facilities 3,910 0.23 $13.36 $27,800
Offices of Physicians 3,650 0.16 $11.36 $23,640
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,320 1.05 $12.72 $26,470

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 25,020 3.63 $11.49 $23,890
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,320 1.05 $12.72 $26,470
Nursing Care Facilities 3,910 0.23 $13.36 $27,800
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 430 0.18 $19.16 $39,850
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,380 0.16 $12.88 $26,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 430 0.18 $19.16 $39,850
Employment Services (8) (8) $17.87 $37,170
Home Health Care Services 530 0.05 $16.75 $34,830
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 400 0.05 $14.43 $30,020
Local Government (OES Designation) 180 (7) $14.43 $30,010


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)
California 6,390 0.46 1.23 $13.23 $27,520
Texas 4,880 0.47 1.27 $10.62 $22,090
New Jersey 3,150 0.83 2.25 $12.29 $25,570
New York 2,630 0.31 0.84 $12.94 $26,910
Illinois 2,420 0.43 1.17 $12.97 $26,970




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)
New Jersey 3,150 0.83 2.25 $12.29 $25,570
Utah 930 0.80 2.15 $9.99 $20,780
Delaware 290 0.71 1.90 $11.10 $23,090
Louisiana 1,230 0.67 1.80 $10.72 $22,290
Nebraska 590 0.65 1.75 $10.77 $22,400




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 80 0.13 0.35 $15.02 $31,240
Alaska 40 0.14 0.38 $14.49 $30,140
Massachusetts 870 0.27 0.74 $14.03 $29,180
Hawaii 130 0.22 0.60 $13.97 $29,060
Indiana 770 0.28 0.75 $13.94 $29,000





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,700 0.44 1.20 $13.08 $27,200
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.33 0.90 $12.59 $26,190
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.47 1.26 $11.31 $23,520
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,120 1.16 3.13 $11.72 $24,390
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 950 0.52 1.41 $13.00 $27,030
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 890 0.64 1.73 $14.64 $30,460
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 890 0.94 2.53 $12.63 $26,270
Baltimore-Towson, MD 850 0.68 1.82 $11.01 $22,890
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 720 0.60 1.61 $13.15 $27,350
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 690 0.34 0.91 $12.13 $25,240




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)
Wichita Falls, TX 120 2.07 5.57 $9.08 $18,890
Abilene, TX 110 1.78 4.78 $8.88 $18,470
Lewiston, ID-WA 40 1.54 4.16 $10.73 $22,310
Provo-Orem, UT 250 1.44 3.87 $8.82 $18,350
Chico, CA 90 1.37 3.70 $9.92 $20,640
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 300 1.35 3.64 $10.01 $20,830
San Angelo, TX 60 1.32 3.55 $9.54 $19,840
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 50 1.21 3.27 $12.42 $25,820
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,120 1.16 3.13 $11.72 $24,390
Bend, OR 70 1.16 3.12 $11.79 $24,510




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Worcester, MA-CT 60 0.26 0.71 $19.21 $39,950
Evansville, IN-KY 70 0.44 1.18 $18.19 $37,840
Reading, PA 60 0.35 0.95 $18.13 $37,700
Yakima, WA 70 0.88 2.38 $17.90 $37,230
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 90 0.18 0.48 $16.49 $34,300
Danbury, CT 60 0.90 2.42 $15.88 $33,030
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 330 0.37 1.00 $14.87 $30,940
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 100 0.19 0.51 $14.74 $30,670
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 550 0.48 1.30 $14.65 $30,480
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 890 0.64 1.73 $14.64 $30,460

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 280 1.98 5.33 (8) (8)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 260 0.94 2.54 $9.37 $19,490
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 230 0.59 1.60 $11.10 $23,080
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 220 0.88 2.38 $9.35 $19,440
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 1.34 3.62 $9.48 $19,720

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 2.23 5.99 $11.09 $23,060
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 280 1.98 5.33 (8) (8)
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 1.53 4.11 $10.13 $21,080
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 1.34 3.62 $9.48 $19,720
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area 110 1.33 3.57 $10.20 $21,220

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 1.12 $17.47 $36,340
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.60 1.61 $14.55 $30,260
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.51 $30,170
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 1.48 $14.49 $30,130
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.11 $29,360


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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