Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
41,650 2.3 % $28.59 $59,470 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.76 $23.55 $28.51 $34.03 $38.62
Annual Wage (2) $39,020 $48,970 $59,310 $70,770 $80,320


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 18,600 2.12 $28.70 $59,700
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 7,850 0.48 $31.50 $65,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,860 0.09 $25.66 $53,380
Home Health Care Services 2,220 0.16 $32.58 $67,760
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,850 0.02 $24.73 $51,450

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 18,600 2.12 $28.70 $59,700
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,500 0.58 $26.55 $55,230
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 7,850 0.48 $31.50 $65,520
Home Health Care Services 2,220 0.16 $32.58 $67,760
Educational Support Services 180 0.10 $26.17 $54,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 2,220 0.16 $32.58 $67,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises 110 (7) $32.25 $67,070
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 7,850 0.48 $31.50 $65,520
Employment Services 630 0.02 $30.21 $62,830
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 60 0.02 $29.69 $61,750


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 4,040 0.34 1.16 $35.00 $72,800
Ohio 3,480 0.65 2.22 $28.45 $59,170
Pennsylvania 2,850 0.49 1.69 $24.41 $50,780
Florida 2,700 0.32 1.10 $29.79 $61,960
New York 2,650 0.29 0.98 $28.68 $59,650




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 3,480 0.65 2.22 $28.45 $59,170
Wisconsin 1,790 0.63 2.16 $17.86 $37,140
Indiana 1,520 0.50 1.72 $28.80 $59,910
West Virginia 340 0.49 1.68 $27.15 $56,470
Pennsylvania 2,850 0.49 1.69 $24.41 $50,780




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 4,040 0.34 1.16 $35.00 $72,800
New Jersey 570 0.14 0.48 $33.36 $69,390
Nevada 110 0.08 0.28 $32.66 $67,920
Virginia 950 0.25 0.86 $31.15 $64,790
Maryland 560 0.21 0.71 $30.90 $64,280



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,710 0.26 0.87 $32.19 $66,960
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,610 0.65 2.22 $33.88 $70,470
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,590 0.43 1.48 $31.17 $64,830
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 660 0.63 2.15 $28.83 $59,970
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 640 0.62 2.13 $30.18 $62,770
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 630 0.61 2.10 $30.32 $63,070
Pittsburgh, PA 570 0.51 1.73 $22.79 $47,400
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 550 0.19 0.64 $30.85 $64,170
St. Louis, MO-IL 540 0.40 1.36 $25.63 $53,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.12 0.40 $31.85 $66,250


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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)
Green Bay, WI 330 1.91 6.55 $12.34 $25,670
New Bern, NC 70 1.60 5.47 $32.19 $66,960
Pueblo, CO 80 1.40 4.78 $28.20 $58,660
Canton-Massillon, OH 240 1.40 4.79 $25.73 $53,520
Williamsport, PA 70 1.35 4.63 $25.24 $52,490
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 280 1.30 4.44 $26.50 $55,110
The Villages, FL 30 1.18 4.03 $33.60 $69,890
Erie, PA 140 1.11 3.81 $24.71 $51,400
Toledo, OH 320 1.07 3.66 $25.94 $53,950
Topeka, KS 110 0.99 3.38 $28.32 $58,910


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 40 0.28 0.97 $42.20 $87,770
Tyler, TX 50 0.52 1.79 $39.79 $82,750
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 480 0.48 1.64 $39.30 $81,730
El Paso, TX 140 0.48 1.63 $38.01 $79,060
Austin-Round Rock, TX 140 0.14 0.50 $37.17 $77,320
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 100 0.38 1.31 $36.34 $75,590
Lynchburg, VA 70 0.67 2.30 $35.73 $74,330
Fresno, CA 40 0.11 0.39 $35.31 $73,440
Corpus Christi, TX 60 0.29 1.00 $35.19 $73,200
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.25 $34.92 $72,630

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 320 0.95 3.27 $27.56 $57,320
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.55 1.89 $34.02 $70,770
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 130 0.86 2.93 $26.35 $54,820
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 110 0.60 2.05 $24.54 $51,040
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 110 0.59 2.03 $22.93 $47,680

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 320 0.95 3.27 $27.56 $57,320
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 130 0.86 2.93 $26.35 $54,820
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 100 0.81 2.76 $31.51 $65,550
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 2.33 $27.17 $56,510
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 100 0.66 2.27 $24.73 $51,450

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.65 2.23 $47.87 $99,570
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.55 1.89 $34.02 $70,770
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 0.84 $33.84 $70,380
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 1.96 $33.29 $69,250
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.44 1.49 $33.18 $69,010


About May 2017 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.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018