Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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 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)
7,740 7.4 % $16.24 $33,780 3.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.97 $11.43 $14.04 $18.23 $28.41
Annual Wage (2) $20,730 $23,770 $29,200 $37,920 $59,100


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 3,280 0.37 $14.95 $31,090
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,370 0.02 $15.59 $32,430
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 900 0.06 $21.24 $44,180
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 500 0.19 $15.13 $31,480
Offices of Physicians 370 0.01 $15.22 $31,650

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 3,280 0.37 $14.95 $31,090
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 500 0.19 $15.13 $31,480
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 900 0.06 $21.24 $44,180
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 100 0.03 $12.28 $25,540
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,370 0.02 $15.59 $32,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 60 (7) $23.51 $48,910
Home Health Care Services 160 0.01 $22.02 $45,810
Educational Support Services 30 0.02 $21.51 $44,730
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 900 0.06 $21.24 $44,180
Outpatient Care Centers 140 0.02 $19.10 $39,720


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)
Illinois 2,250 0.38 7.00 $15.55 $32,330
California 760 0.05 0.84 $17.44 $36,280
Pennsylvania 520 0.09 1.65 $14.23 $29,600
Texas 430 0.04 0.67 $15.75 $32,760
New York 360 0.04 0.72 $17.01 $35,390




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)
Illinois 2,250 0.38 7.00 $15.55 $32,330
Louisiana 300 0.16 2.94 $18.55 $38,590
Utah 200 0.14 2.57 $11.76 $24,450
Pennsylvania 520 0.09 1.65 $14.23 $29,600
North Dakota 40 0.09 1.58 $18.90 $39,300




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 190 0.06 1.09 $23.03 $47,910
District of Columbia 50 0.07 1.30 $20.68 $43,000
Arizona 160 0.06 1.08 $19.56 $40,690
North Dakota 40 0.09 1.58 $18.90 $39,300
Connecticut 110 0.07 1.23 $18.72 $38,940



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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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,960 0.53 9.84 $15.71 $32,670
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 170 0.03 0.46 $15.13 $31,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.04 0.66 $18.79 $39,090
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 120 0.05 0.88 $16.96 $35,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 110 0.04 0.81 $17.09 $35,560
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 110 0.11 1.96 $13.77 $28,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 110 0.04 0.75 $14.94 $31,080
Salt Lake City, UT 100 0.15 2.75 $13.80 $28,700
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 100 0.13 2.35 $20.62 $42,880
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 90 0.10 1.77 $18.43 $38,340


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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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,960 0.53 9.84 $15.71 $32,670
Peoria, IL 50 0.29 5.26 $13.19 $27,430
York-Hanover, PA 40 0.22 4.09 $15.51 $32,250
Worcester, MA-CT 60 0.20 3.70 $26.78 $55,690
Salt Lake City, UT 100 0.15 2.75 $13.80 $28,700
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 100 0.13 2.35 $20.62 $42,880
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 30 0.13 2.39 $11.46 $23,830
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 40 0.12 2.27 $14.44 $30,040
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 50 0.11 2.00 $14.03 $29,190
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 110 0.11 1.96 $13.77 $28,640


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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)
Baton Rouge, LA (8) (8) (8) $26.83 $55,810
Worcester, MA-CT 60 0.20 3.70 $26.78 $55,690
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $25.28 $52,590
Tucson, AZ (8) (8) (8) $21.61 $44,940
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.86 $21.44 $44,600
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 100 0.13 2.35 $20.62 $42,880
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC (8) (8) (8) $19.39 $40,340
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 0.62 $19.14 $39,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.04 0.66 $18.79 $39,090
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $18.51 $38,490


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.

(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 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