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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
44,990 2.3 % $29.75 $61,880 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.06 $25.07 $29.57 $35.19 $39.52
Annual Wage (2) $41,730 $52,150 $61,510 $73,190 $82,210


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 22,130 2.31 $29.88 $62,150
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 7,530 0.47 $31.78 $66,090
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,860 0.09 $27.24 $56,660
Home Health Care Services 2,780 0.19 $32.51 $67,630
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,690 0.02 $25.36 $52,760

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 22,130 2.31 $29.88 $62,150
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,550 0.58 $30.88 $64,220
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 7,530 0.47 $31.78 $66,090
Home Health Care Services 2,780 0.19 $32.51 $67,630
Educational Support Services 250 0.13 $28.04 $58,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 2,780 0.19 $32.51 $67,630
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 7,530 0.47 $31.78 $66,090
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 810 0.09 $31.46 $65,450
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,550 0.58 $30.88 $64,220
Employment Services 500 0.01 $30.81 $64,080


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)
Ohio 3,990 0.73 2.39 $29.24 $60,810
Texas 3,900 0.31 1.02 $32.25 $67,090
Florida 3,050 0.35 1.13 $31.59 $65,710
New York 2,880 0.30 0.99 $30.42 $63,270
Pennsylvania 2,670 0.45 1.48 $27.50 $57,200




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)
Ohio 3,990 0.73 2.39 $29.24 $60,810
Wyoming 170 0.61 1.99 $26.23 $54,560
Wisconsin 1,570 0.55 1.79 $21.04 $43,770
Rhode Island 240 0.51 1.65 $29.57 $61,500
Connecticut 840 0.50 1.65 $32.06 $66,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 640 0.16 0.51 $35.43 $73,680
Nevada 310 0.22 0.73 $34.81 $72,400
California 2,640 0.15 0.50 $33.73 $70,150
Virginia 900 0.23 0.76 $32.75 $68,120
Texas 3,900 0.31 1.02 $32.25 $67,090





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,410 0.25 0.82 $33.59 $69,860
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,660 0.36 1.16 $31.47 $65,450
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,400 0.38 1.25 $32.87 $68,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 970 0.16 0.51 $33.12 $68,890
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 860 0.31 1.00 $31.96 $66,480
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 840 0.80 2.62 $29.36 $61,070
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 820 0.38 1.26 $30.40 $63,230
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 750 0.26 0.85 $29.58 $61,520
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 680 0.26 0.84 $32.17 $66,920
Pittsburgh, PA 670 0.58 1.90 $26.21 $54,510




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)
Homosassa Springs, FL 140 4.33 14.15 $29.34 $61,040
Cumberland, MD-WV 120 3.17 10.35 $31.23 $64,960
Gadsden, AL 90 2.38 7.78 $29.52 $61,410
Canton-Massillon, OH 300 1.76 5.75 $28.54 $59,370
Racine, WI 130 1.65 5.39 $15.14 $31,490
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 340 1.63 5.31 $28.41 $59,100
New Bern, NC 70 1.52 4.97 $34.53 $71,820
Williamsport, PA 70 1.45 4.73 $26.93 $56,020
Mansfield, OH 60 1.15 3.76 $29.52 $61,410
Toledo, OH 340 1.12 3.66 $28.47 $59,220