Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
72,640 1.4 % $25.63 $53,320 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.50 $20.50 $25.65 $31.01 $35.46
Annual Wage (2) $32,230 $42,630 $53,360 $64,510 $73,760


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 30,810 4.15 $24.95 $51,890
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 15,850 0.30 $24.20 $50,330
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 7,970 0.48 $28.55 $59,390
Home Health Care Services 6,270 0.52 $29.57 $61,500
Offices of Physicians 4,190 0.17 $24.32 $50,590

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 30,810 4.15 $24.95 $51,890
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,300 0.96 $25.80 $53,650
Home Health Care Services 6,270 0.52 $29.57 $61,500
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 7,970 0.48 $28.55 $59,390
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 15,850 0.30 $24.20 $50,330

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) $31.47 $65,460
Home Health Care Services 6,270 0.52 $29.57 $61,500
Employment Services 810 0.02 $28.56 $59,400
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 7,970 0.48 $28.55 $59,390
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 960 0.12 $27.39 $56,980


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 5,300 0.49 0.89 $33.04 $68,730
Ohio 4,940 0.96 1.76 $27.15 $56,480
Florida 4,880 0.65 1.19 $28.16 $58,560
Pennsylvania 4,660 0.83 1.51 $21.15 $43,980
California 4,610 0.31 0.57 $29.52 $61,400




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 770 1.09 1.98 $21.99 $45,740
Alabama 1,870 1.02 1.85 $25.82 $53,710
Ohio 4,940 0.96 1.76 $27.15 $56,480
Michigan 3,350 0.84 1.53 $21.36 $44,420
Pennsylvania 4,660 0.83 1.51 $21.15 $43,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 5,300 0.49 0.89 $33.04 $68,730
Alaska 50 0.16 0.29 $30.66 $63,760
New Jersey 1,100 0.29 0.52 $29.66 $61,690
California 4,610 0.31 0.57 $29.52 $61,400
Florida 4,880 0.65 1.19 $28.16 $58,560





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 2,020 0.55 1.00 $23.99 $49,890
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,610 0.31 0.56 $27.21 $56,590
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.77 1.40 $19.66 $40,890
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.59 1.08 $33.77 $70,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.26 0.47 $28.56 $59,400
Pittsburgh, PA 1,000 0.88 1.61 $22.69 $47,190
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 990 0.98 1.79 $29.28 $60,890
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 970 0.67 1.22 $30.83 $64,130
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 960 0.86 1.57 $21.34 $44,390
St. Louis, MO-IL 920 0.72 1.31 $24.68 $51,330




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 150 4.28 7.81 $27.35 $56,890
Jonesboro, AR 120 2.36 4.30 $18.57 $38,620
Bay City, MI 70 2.17 3.96 $17.36 $36,100
New Bedford, MA 140 2.16 3.94 $28.98 $60,290
Coeur d'Alene, ID 110 2.13 3.89 $26.76 $55,670
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 430 1.94 3.55 $25.27 $52,560
Jackson, TN 100 1.81 3.30 $24.19 $50,310
Laredo, TX 160 1.73 3.16 $28.82 $59,940
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 70 1.71 3.12 $25.24 $52,490
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 80 1.70 3.10 $24.27 $50,490