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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Occupational Therapy Aides
Industry profile for Occupational Therapy Aides
Geographic profile for Occupational Therapy Aides

National estimates for Occupational Therapy Aides: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Occupational Therapy Aides:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
5,630 6.9 % $ 16.42 $ 34,160 3.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Occupational Therapy Aides:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 9.62 $ 11.12 $ 14.51 $ 18.81 $ 28.27
Annual Wage (2) $ 20,010 $ 23,130 $ 30,180 $ 39,120 $ 58,800


Industry profile for Occupational Therapy Aides: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Occupational Therapy Aides are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Occupational Therapy Aides, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Occupational Therapy Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 2,530 0.28 $ 14.18 $ 29,490
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,020 0.02 $ 17.11 $ 35,590
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 760 0.05 $ 18.94 $ 39,390
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 460 0.17 $ 16.60 $ 34,530
Offices of Physicians 150 0.01 $ 17.60 $ 36,610

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Occupational Therapy Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 2,530 0.28 $ 14.18 $ 29,490
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 460 0.17 $ 16.60 $ 34,530
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 760 0.05 $ 18.94 $ 39,390
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,020 0.02 $ 17.11 $ 35,590
Offices of Physicians 150 0.01 $ 17.60 $ 36,610

Top paying industries for Occupational Therapy Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services (8) (8) $ 22.87 $ 47,580
Elementary and Secondary Schools 110 (7) $ 20.70 $ 43,060
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 40 (7) $ 19.72 $ 41,020
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 760 0.05 $ 18.94 $ 39,390
Individual and Family Services 40 (7) $ 18.66 $ 38,820


Geographic profile for Occupational Therapy Aides: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Occupational Therapy Aides are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Occupational Therapy Aides, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Occupational Therapy Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 1,480 0.26 6.51 $ 12.75 $ 26,520
California 570 0.03 0.85 $ 17.42 $ 36,240
Texas 550 0.05 1.12 $ 14.53 $ 30,230
Pennsylvania 450 0.08 2.00 $ 19.12 $ 39,780
Florida 200 0.02 0.57 (8) (8)




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Occupational Therapy Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 1,480 0.26 6.51 $ 12.75 $ 26,520
Nebraska 180 0.19 4.61 $ 14.44 $ 30,040
Louisiana 180 0.10 2.52 $ 14.66 $ 30,500
North Dakota 40 0.09 2.27 $ 20.05 $ 41,700
Pennsylvania 450 0.08 2.00 $ 19.12 $ 39,780




Top paying states for Occupational Therapy Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 150 0.02 0.42 $ 27.33 $ 56,840
Utah 70 0.04 1.08 $ 23.23 $ 48,320
North Dakota 40 0.09 2.27 $ 20.05 $ 41,700
Maryland 30 0.01 0.33 $ 19.68 $ 40,940
Massachusetts 160 0.05 1.15 $ 19.66 $ 40,890





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Occupational Therapy Aides:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,370 0.31 7.73 $ 12.46 $ 25,920
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 160 0.02 0.46 $ 22.93 $ 47,700
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 140 0.04 0.99 $ 15.02 $ 31,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 120 0.02 0.50 $ 19.71 $ 41,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 90 0.03 0.75 $ 18.77 $ 39,050
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 90 0.03 0.85 $ 18.94 $ 39,390
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 60 0.22 5.42 $ 10.38 $ 21,600
Pittsburgh, PA 60 0.05 1.30 $ 14.75 $ 30,670
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 50 0.10 2.38 $ 13.16 $ 27,380
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 40 0.02 0.39 $ 14.15 $ 29,440




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Occupational Therapy Aides:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,370 0.31 7.73 $ 12.46 $ 25,920
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 60 0.22 5.42 $ 10.38 $ 21,600
Lincoln, NE 30 0.20 4.85 $ 15.45 $ 32,130
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 30 0.16 3.86 $ 19.54 $ 40,630
El Paso, TX 30 0.10 2.54 $ 11.45 $ 23,810
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 50 0.10 2.38 $ 13.16 $ 27,380
Pittsburgh, PA 60 0.05 1.30 $ 14.75 $ 30,670
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 140 0.04 0.99 $ 15.02 $ 31,250
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 90 0.03 0.85 $ 18.94 $ 39,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 90 0.03 0.75 $ 18.77 $ 39,050




Top paying metropolitan areas for Occupational Therapy Aides:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Reading, PA (8) (8) (8) $ 24.04 $ 50,000
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 30 0.01 0.37 $ 23.42 $ 48,710
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 160 0.02 0.46 $ 22.93 $ 47,700
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $ 21.39 $ 44,480
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD (8) (8) (8) $ 20.47 $ 42,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 120 0.02 0.50 $ 19.71 $ 41,000
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 30 0.16 3.86 $ 19.54 $ 40,630
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (8) (8) (8) $ 19.12 $ 39,780
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 90 0.03 0.85 $ 18.94 $ 39,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 90 0.03 0.75 $ 18.77 $ 39,050


About May 2020 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021