Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
81,230 1.5 % $26.56 $55,250 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.69 $21.19 $26.52 $31.69 $36.99
Annual Wage (2) $32,640 $44,070 $55,170 $65,920 $76,940


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 36,690 4.56 $25.44 $52,910
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 15,510 0.29 $25.13 $52,260
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 9,370 0.57 $30.38 $63,200
Home Health Care Services 7,460 0.57 $30.81 $64,090
Offices of Physicians 4,220 0.17 $25.01 $52,010

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 36,690 4.56 $25.44 $52,910
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,390 0.96 $26.87 $55,890
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 9,370 0.57 $30.38 $63,200
Home Health Care Services 7,460 0.57 $30.81 $64,090
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 15,510 0.29 $25.13 $52,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 7,460 0.57 $30.81 $64,090
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 9,370 0.57 $30.38 $63,200
Employment Services 820 0.02 $29.74 $61,860
Outpatient Care Centers 910 0.12 $28.84 $59,980
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 810 0.09 $28.26 $58,780


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 6,270 0.54 0.92 $35.01 $72,820
Ohio 5,640 1.07 1.81 $27.26 $56,700
California 4,920 0.32 0.54 $30.11 $62,630
Florida 4,570 0.58 0.98 $29.62 $61,610
Pennsylvania 4,550 0.80 1.35 $23.08 $48,010



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 830 1.17 1.98 $24.24 $50,420
Ohio 5,640 1.07 1.81 $27.26 $56,700
Alabama 1,860 0.99 1.68 $25.25 $52,520
Michigan 4,020 0.97 1.64 $22.54 $46,890
New Hampshire 600 0.94 1.59 $26.78 $55,710



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 6,270 0.54 0.92 $35.01 $72,820
Alaska 70 0.21 0.36 $30.63 $63,720
California 4,920 0.32 0.54 $30.11 $62,630
New Jersey 1,270 0.32 0.55 $30.04 $62,490
Florida 4,570 0.58 0.98 $29.62 $61,610




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-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,810 0.79 1.34 $26.20 $54,490
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,250 0.35 0.59 $27.75 $57,720
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,460 0.62 1.06 $38.61 $80,300
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,330 1.14 1.93 $22.83 $47,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.32 0.55 $31.18 $64,850
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,160 0.88 1.49 $23.64 $49,160
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,090 0.58 0.98 $21.04 $43,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.43 0.74 $23.96 $49,840
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.82 1.38 $28.60 $59,480
Pittsburgh, PA 920 0.81 1.38 $23.53 $48,940