Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

31-2012 Occupational Therapy Aides

Under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing patient and treatment room.


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)
7,950 7.0 % $14.36 $29,870 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.67 $10.11 $12.91 $16.95 $23.02
Annual Wage (2) $18,030 $21,030 $26,850 $35,260 $47,880


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 2,840 0.40 $12.87 $26,770
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,490 0.03 $15.66 $32,560
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 920 0.06 $15.21 $31,630
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 890 0.39 $14.86 $30,920
Elementary and Secondary Schools 360 0.00 $14.66 $30,480

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 2,840 0.40 $12.87 $26,770
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 890 0.39 $14.86 $30,920
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 240 0.07 $13.68 $28,450
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 920 0.06 $15.21 $31,630
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,490 0.03 $15.66 $32,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 120 0.01 $21.33 $44,370
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 50 0.02 $18.27 $38,000
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,490 0.03 $15.66 $32,560
State Government (OES Designation) 150 0.01 $15.33 $31,900
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 920 0.06 $15.21 $31,630


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)
Illinois 1,150 0.20 3.33 $11.11 $23,110
California 870 0.06 1.00 $15.88 $33,020
Massachusetts 770 0.24 3.93 $15.92 $33,110
Michigan 540 0.14 2.26 $16.65 $34,630
Pennsylvania 470 0.08 1.37 $14.80 $30,790




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)
Massachusetts 770 0.24 3.93 $15.92 $33,110
Illinois 1,150 0.20 3.33 $11.11 $23,110
New Mexico 110 0.14 2.26 $13.47 $28,030
Michigan 540 0.14 2.26 $16.65 $34,630
Wisconsin 240 0.09 1.46 $15.16 $31,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 70 0.05 0.74 $22.11 $45,980
Ohio 270 0.05 0.88 $20.30 $42,220
New York 330 0.04 0.64 $16.97 $35,300
District of Columbia 40 0.07 1.09 $16.96 $35,270
Michigan 540 0.14 2.26 $16.65 $34,630





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 960 0.26 4.30 $10.54 $21,910
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 350 0.20 3.35 $15.09 $31,390
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 250 0.14 2.28 $14.34 $29,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.05 0.80 $16.17 $33,630
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 180 0.03 0.57 $15.68 $32,620
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 140 0.36 5.85 $20.26 $42,140
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.09 1.53 $13.17 $27,390
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 120 0.15 2.51 $14.32 $29,780
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 120 0.05 0.85 $13.28 $27,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 90 0.04 0.66 $16.39 $34,090




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)
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 140 0.36 5.85 $20.26 $42,140
Worcester, MA-CT 60 0.26 4.20 $14.99 $31,180
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 960 0.26 4.30 $10.54 $21,910
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 350 0.20 3.35 $15.09 $31,390
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 60 0.20 3.33 $12.78 $26,590
Chattanooga, TN-GA 40 0.16 2.57 $12.62 $26,240
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 120 0.15 2.51 $14.32 $29,780
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 250 0.14 2.28 $14.34 $29,820
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.09 1.53 $13.17 $27,390
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 40 0.08 1.32 $24.58 $51,130




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)
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 40 0.08 1.32 $24.58 $51,130
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.94 $21.11 $43,920
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.58 $42,810
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 140 0.36 5.85 $20.26 $42,140
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.80 $19.94 $41,470
Pittsburgh, PA 60 0.05 0.87 $17.09 $35,540
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 40 0.08 1.23 $16.92 $35,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 90 0.04 0.66 $16.39 $34,090
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 60 0.06 1.06 $16.34 $33,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.05 0.80 $16.17 $33,630

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.16 2.61 $18.35 $38,170

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.16 2.61 $18.35 $38,170

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.16 2.61 $18.35 $38,170
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $10.02 $20,830


About May 2012 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 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013