Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
69,810 1.4 % $25.15 $52,320 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.59 $20.24 $25.08 $29.98 $34.96
Annual Wage (2) $32,420 $42,100 $52,160 $62,360 $72,720


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 29,150 4.05 $24.55 $51,050
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 16,200 0.31 $23.81 $49,520
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 7,770 0.47 $27.66 $57,540
Home Health Care Services 5,770 0.49 $29.20 $60,730
Offices of Physicians 3,660 0.15 $23.84 $49,590

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 29,150 4.05 $24.55 $51,050
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,190 0.95 $25.51 $53,070
Home Health Care Services 5,770 0.49 $29.20 $60,730
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 7,770 0.47 $27.66 $57,540
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 16,200 0.31 $23.81 $49,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 5,770 0.49 $29.20 $60,730
Employment Services 840 0.03 $28.45 $59,170
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 7,770 0.47 $27.66 $57,540
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 230 0.10 $27.62 $57,450
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 740 0.09 $27.10 $56,370


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)
Ohio 5,090 1.01 1.88 $26.50 $55,110
Texas 5,040 0.48 0.89 $31.55 $65,620
Florida 4,630 0.64 1.19 $27.57 $57,340
California 4,630 0.32 0.60 $28.64 $59,570
Pennsylvania 4,170 0.75 1.39 $20.98 $43,630




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 740 1.05 1.95 $20.97 $43,630
Ohio 5,090 1.01 1.88 $26.50 $55,110
Alabama 1,830 1.00 1.87 $24.45 $50,850
Tennessee 2,200 0.83 1.54 $24.57 $51,100
Missouri 2,110 0.81 1.51 $23.54 $48,950




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 5,040 0.48 0.89 $31.55 $65,620
Nevada 380 0.34 0.64 $29.41 $61,180
New Jersey 1,060 0.28 0.52 $28.67 $59,630
California 4,630 0.32 0.60 $28.64 $59,570
Connecticut 480 0.30 0.56 $27.70 $57,620





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 1,530 0.42 0.78 $25.23 $52,480
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.27 0.51 $27.31 $56,810
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.68 1.28 $20.42 $42,470
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,240 0.59 1.10 $32.00 $66,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.30 0.57 $27.36 $56,900
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.73 1.37 $30.96 $64,410
St. Louis, MO-IL 970 0.76 1.42 $23.34 $48,540
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 950 0.36 0.67 $30.05 $62,500
Pittsburgh, PA 930 0.83 1.54 $20.34 $42,300
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 920 0.92 1.72 $27.55 $57,310




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 120 3.49 6.52 $26.69 $55,520
New Bedford, MA 130 2.07 3.87 $28.17 $58,600
Cumberland, MD-WV 70 2.01 3.74 $27.12 $56,410
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 430 1.99 3.71 $25.39 $52,820
Laredo, TX 170 1.87 3.49 $28.85 $60,000
Cleveland, TN 60 1.74 3.24 $30.41 $63,250
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 70 1.64 3.07 $24.05 $50,010
Punta Gorda, FL 70 1.64 3.06 $26.54 $55,200
Lawton, OK 60 1.51 2.82 $25.02 $52,040
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 160 1.50 2.79 $24.07 $50,070