Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

31-2011 Occupational Therapy 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
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)
30,450 2.0 % $26.56 $55,250 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.76 $21.34 $26.57 $32.01 $35.82
Annual Wage (2) $34,870 $44,400 $55,270 $66,590 $74,510


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 11,820 1.59 $27.52 $57,250
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,760 0.35 $28.60 $59,480
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,180 0.08 $23.99 $49,900
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,610 0.02 $22.20 $46,180
Home Health Care Services 1,540 0.13 $29.98 $62,350

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 11,820 1.59 $27.52 $57,250
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,190 0.50 $25.73 $53,520
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,760 0.35 $28.60 $59,480
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 590 0.26 $23.92 $49,750
Home Health Care Services 1,540 0.13 $29.98 $62,350

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services (8) (8) $31.38 $65,270
Home Health Care Services 1,540 0.13 $29.98 $62,350
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,760 0.35 $28.60 $59,480
Employment Services 430 0.01 $27.88 $57,990
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 11,820 1.59 $27.52 $57,250


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 2,770 0.25 1.11 $32.86 $68,340
Pennsylvania 2,470 0.44 1.92 $22.73 $47,280
Ohio 2,230 0.44 1.90 $26.74 $55,630
New York 2,140 0.25 1.08 $24.78 $51,530
California 1,660 0.11 0.49 $31.74 $66,020




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)
District of Columbia 360 0.53 2.33 $25.08 $52,170
Pennsylvania 2,470 0.44 1.92 $22.73 $47,280
Ohio 2,230 0.44 1.90 $26.74 $55,630
Massachusetts 1,280 0.39 1.71 $26.32 $54,750
Indiana 1,090 0.38 1.66 $25.34 $52,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 180 0.16 0.69 $36.06 $75,000
Texas 2,770 0.25 1.11 $32.86 $68,340
California 1,660 0.11 0.49 $31.74 $66,020
Delaware 80 0.20 0.86 $30.18 $62,780
New Jersey 270 0.07 0.31 $30.00 $62,400





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)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.53 2.30 $33.21 $69,080
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 840 0.16 0.69 $27.87 $57,980
Pittsburgh, PA 770 0.68 2.98 $23.56 $49,000
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 710 0.19 0.84 $25.56 $53,160
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 550 0.30 1.31 $21.14 $43,960
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 530 0.36 1.58 $34.61 $71,990
St. Louis, MO-IL 470 0.37 1.60 $24.85 $51,680
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 470 0.20 0.87 $26.57 $55,260
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 440 0.25 1.07 $19.92 $41,430
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 430 0.25 1.07 $26.09 $54,260




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 90 2.60 11.34 $28.26 $58,780
Cumberland, MD-WV 70 1.88 8.19 $22.52 $46,850
Pueblo, CO 80 1.47 6.39 $20.70 $43,060
Altoona, PA 80 1.44 6.27 $19.03 $39,570
New Bedford, MA 80 1.22 5.29 $28.42 $59,110
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 220 1.00 4.38 $24.08 $50,090
Evansville, IN-KY 170 1.00 4.33 $19.06 $39,650
La Crosse, WI-MN 60 0.84 3.67 $21.56 $44,850
Waterbury, CT 50 0.80 3.48 $28.66 $59,610
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 40 0.78 3.39 $25.97 $54,020




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)
El Paso, TX 60 0.21 0.92 $39.95 $83,090
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 90 0.10 0.43 $38.09 $79,230
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 160 0.18 0.81 $36.88 $76,710
Tyler, TX 40 0.44 1.90 $35.11 $73,030
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 530 0.36 1.58 $34.61 $71,990
Corpus Christi, TX 60 0.31 1.36 $34.47 $71,700
Reading, PA 80 0.48 2.08 $33.59 $69,870
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.15 0.65 $33.52 $69,710
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.53 2.30 $33.21 $69,080
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 60 0.10 0.43 $33.17 $68,990

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)
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 0.61 2.66 $27.12 $56,400
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.45 1.96 $23.95 $49,820
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 120 0.84 3.65 $31.96 $66,470
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.71 3.08 $27.29 $56,770
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.26 1.13 $26.59 $55,310

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)
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 120 0.84 3.65 $31.96 $66,470
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.71 3.08 $27.29 $56,770
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.67 2.90 $29.99 $62,370
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 0.61 2.66 $27.12 $56,400
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.60 2.62 $24.49 $50,940

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.57 $34.11 $70,940
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.28 1.23 $32.92 $68,470
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 120 0.84 3.65 $31.96 $66,470
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.67 2.90 $29.99 $62,370
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.31 1.35 $29.37 $61,080


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014