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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

31-2022 Physical Therapist Aides

Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.


National estimates for Physical Therapist Aides
Industry profile for Physical Therapist Aides
Geographic profile for Physical Therapist Aides

National estimates for Physical Therapist Aides:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Physical Therapist Aides:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
42,390 2.9 % $ 14.60 $ 30,370 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Physical Therapist Aides:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.65 $ 11.65 $ 14.04 $ 16.98 $ 18.23
Annual Wage (2) $ 22,140 $ 24,240 $ 29,200 $ 35,320 $ 37,920


Industry profile for Physical Therapist Aides:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Physical Therapist Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 25,900 2.66 $ 13.80 $ 28,690
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6,570 0.12 $ 16.13 $ 33,550
Offices of Physicians 4,870 0.18 $ 14.72 $ 30,610
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,740 0.64 $ 15.55 $ 32,350
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 960 0.07 $ 20.32 $ 42,260

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Physical Therapist Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 25,900 2.66 $ 13.80 $ 28,690
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,740 0.64 $ 15.55 $ 32,350
Offices of Physicians 4,870 0.18 $ 14.72 $ 30,610
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6,570 0.12 $ 16.13 $ 33,550
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 960 0.07 $ 20.32 $ 42,260

Top paying industries for Physical Therapist Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 100 (7) $ 22.42 $ 46,630
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries (8) (8) $ 21.87 $ 45,480
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 960 0.07 $ 20.32 $ 42,260
Home Health Care Services 180 0.01 $ 17.76 $ 36,950
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 300 0.01 $ 17.42 $ 36,230


Geographic profile for Physical Therapist Aides:

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



Map of employment of physical therapist aides by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Physical Therapist Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,830 0.35 1.17 $ 16.38 $ 34,080
Texas 4,500 0.37 1.22 $ 13.05 $ 27,150
New Jersey 4,170 1.08 3.60 $ 15.12 $ 31,460
New York 2,780 0.32 1.07 $ 16.36 $ 34,020
Georgia 1,580 0.36 1.20 $ 13.30 $ 27,650


Map of location quotient of physical therapist aides by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Physical Therapist Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 4,170 1.08 3.60 $ 15.12 $ 31,460
Utah 1,210 0.78 2.58 $ 12.92 $ 26,880
Louisiana 1,200 0.67 2.22 $ 11.04 $ 22,960
Wyoming 170 0.64 2.11 $ 13.56 $ 28,210
Nebraska 510 0.53 1.77 $ 13.02 $ 27,090


Map of annual mean wages of physical therapist aides by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Physical Therapist Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 40 0.12 0.41 $ 20.95 $ 43,580
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $ 19.27 $ 40,070
Rhode Island 150 0.32 1.07 $ 18.13 $ 37,710
Minnesota 190 0.07 0.23 $ 17.92 $ 37,280
Maine 120 0.20 0.68 $ 17.81 $ 37,040



Map of employment of physical therapist aides by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Physical Therapist Aides:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,840 0.67 2.24 $ 15.80 $ 32,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,860 0.32 1.08 $ 15.90 $ 33,070
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,040 0.29 0.96 $ 13.87 $ 28,860
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 970 0.37 1.24 $ 13.87 $ 28,840
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 900 0.43 1.41 $ 14.71 $ 30,590
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 890 0.33 1.11 $ 15.10 $ 31,400
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 800 0.28 0.92 $ 13.87 $ 28,840
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 730 0.58 1.92 $ 14.47 $ 30,090
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 670 0.30 0.99 $ 18.97 $ 39,450
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 650 0.15 0.51 $ 14.30 $ 29,750


Map of location quotient of physical therapist aides by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Physical Therapist Aides:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lake Charles, LA 150 1.65 5.48 $ 11.35 $ 23,610
San Angelo, TX 70 1.62 5.37 $ 13.30 $ 27,670
Charlottesville, VA 170 1.59 5.27 $ 16.49 $ 34,310
Abilene, TX 90 1.38 4.60 $ 12.32 $ 25,630
Gadsden, AL 40 1.22 4.05 $ 11.15 $ 23,180
Wichita Falls, TX 60 1.14 3.81 $ 10.76 $ 22,390
Logan, UT-ID 70 1.12 3.73 $ 12.91 $ 26,840
Rome, GA 40 1.09 3.62 $ 12.56 $ 26,130
Pocatello, ID 40 1.06 3.54 $ 13.75 $ 28,600
Canton-Massillon, OH 160 1.02 3.39 (8) (8)


Map of annual mean wages of physical therapist aides by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Physical Therapist Aides:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Rosa, CA 80 0.42 1.39 $ 21.66 $ 45,060
Jackson, MS 140 0.58 1.93 $ 20.29 $ 42,210
Urban Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $ 19.48 $ 40,510
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 370 0.34 1.14 $ 19.18 $ 39,900
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 670 0.30 0.99 $ 18.97 $ 39,450
Portland-South Portland, ME 40 0.20 0.66 $ 18.96 $ 39,440
Boulder, CO (8) (8) (8) $ 18.95 $ 39,420
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 110 0.06 0.21 $ 18.83 $ 39,170
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 130 0.09 0.30 $ 18.42 $ 38,320
Salinas, CA 60 0.37 1.24 $ 17.97 $ 37,370

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Physical Therapist Aides:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 160 0.82 2.73 $ 12.28 $ 25,530
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 0.47 1.57 $ 11.90 $ 24,750
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.30 0.99 $ 13.51 $ 28,100
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 100 0.69 2.29 $ 13.74 $ 28,580
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.54 1.80 $ 13.88 $ 28,870

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Physical Therapist Aides:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 90 1.10 3.66 $ 12.72 $ 26,450
Central Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 1.03 3.44 $ 12.07 $ 25,110
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.94 3.13 $ 11.90 $ 24,750
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 160 0.82 2.73 $ 12.28 $ 25,530
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.78 2.61 $ 11.13 $ 23,150

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Physical Therapist Aides:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.69 $ 18.63 $ 38,760
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 1.39 $ 16.49 $ 34,300
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 1.18 $ 16.37 $ 34,040
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 1.24 $ 16.12 $ 33,520
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 0.57 $ 15.74 $ 32,730


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022