Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
38,170 2.3 % $28.62 $59,530 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.83 $23.46 $28.37 $33.92 $38.50
Annual Wage (2) $39,160 $48,790 $59,010 $70,550 $80,090


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 16,200 1.93 $28.85 $60,010
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 7,360 0.45 $31.15 $64,780
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,500 0.08 $25.46 $52,950
Home Health Care Services 2,270 0.17 $33.83 $70,360
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,830 0.02 $24.33 $50,610

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 16,200 1.93 $28.85 $60,010
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,440 0.56 $25.89 $53,850
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 7,360 0.45 $31.15 $64,780
Home Health Care Services 2,270 0.17 $33.83 $70,360
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 340 0.10 $25.94 $53,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 2,270 0.17 $33.83 $70,360
Management of Companies and Enterprises 130 0.01 $31.60 $65,740
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 7,360 0.45 $31.15 $64,780
Employment Services 500 0.01 $30.96 $64,400
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 130 0.04 $30.59 $63,640


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 3,750 0.32 1.17 $35.61 $74,070
Ohio 3,480 0.65 2.40 $28.40 $59,070
Illinois 2,460 0.42 1.53 $29.61 $61,590
Pennsylvania 2,350 0.41 1.50 $23.53 $48,940
New York 2,300 0.25 0.93 $27.90 $58,030




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 2.40 $28.40 $59,070
Rhode Island 240 0.50 1.85 $29.08 $60,490
Wisconsin 1,320 0.47 1.73 $19.50 $40,570
West Virginia 310 0.44 1.61 $27.23 $56,640
Illinois 2,460 0.42 1.53 $29.61 $61,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 3,750 0.32 1.17 $35.61 $74,070
Arkansas 270 0.23 0.85 $32.35 $67,290
New Jersey 360 0.09 0.33 $31.79 $66,120
Maryland 560 0.21 0.79 $31.42 $65,350
California 1,900 0.12 0.44 $31.19 $64,870





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-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,690 0.46 1.71 $31.18 $64,850
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.20 0.75 $31.21 $64,910
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.55 2.03 $34.19 $71,110
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 710 0.68 2.50 $27.90 $58,020
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 630 0.62 2.26 $29.33 $61,010
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 540 0.18 0.67 $31.30 $65,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.12 0.46 $30.76 $63,980
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 520 0.53 1.96 $38.76 $80,610
St. Louis, MO-IL 510 0.38 1.39 $25.54 $53,130
Pittsburgh, PA 470 0.41 1.51 $22.67 $47,160




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 110 3.03 11.15 $27.56 $57,330
Victoria, TX 70 1.78 6.56 $37.35 $77,680
Cumberland, MD-WV 60 1.74 6.41 $32.80 $68,220
Pueblo, CO 80 1.46 5.37 $26.87 $55,880
Homosassa Springs, FL 50 1.43 5.26 $31.04 $64,560
New Bern, NC 60 1.32 4.86 $32.59 $67,800
Canton-Massillon, OH 180 1.09 4.00 $25.89 $53,860
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 50 1.05 3.88 $26.06 $54,190
Leominster-Gardner, MA 50 1.04 3.81 $26.27 $54,630
Mansfield, OH 50 1.00 3.67 $27.40 $57,000