Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
7,210 8.9 % $15.31 $31,840 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.82 $11.18 $13.62 $17.21 $24.61
Annual Wage (2) $20,430 $23,260 $28,330 $35,800 $51,180


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 2,820 0.34 $13.90 $28,910
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,320 0.02 $16.07 $33,420
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 790 0.05 $17.87 $37,170
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 560 0.22 $14.22 $29,570
Offices of Physicians 390 0.02 $14.53 $30,230

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 2,820 0.34 $13.90 $28,910
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 560 0.22 $14.22 $29,570
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 790 0.05 $17.87 $37,170
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 140 0.04 $11.77 $24,470
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 100 0.02 $13.88 $28,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 120 0.01 $25.20 $52,410
State Government (OES Designation) 80 (7) $18.61 $38,710
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 130 0.01 $18.36 $38,190
Outpatient Care Centers 110 0.01 $18.30 $38,060
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 790 0.05 $17.87 $37,170


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 1,720 0.29 5.67 $12.44 $25,880
California 890 0.06 1.09 $19.59 $40,740
Pennsylvania 600 0.11 2.04 $13.69 $28,480
New York 400 0.04 0.86 $16.66 $34,650
Texas 400 0.03 0.66 $15.03 $31,260




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 1,720 0.29 5.67 $12.44 $25,880
West Virginia 80 0.11 2.13 $14.93 $31,060
Pennsylvania 600 0.11 2.04 $13.69 $28,480
New Hampshire 70 0.11 2.09 $16.40 $34,110
Utah 130 0.10 1.88 $15.12 $31,440




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 70 0.01 0.17 $23.35 $48,560
Connecticut 80 0.05 0.88 $19.65 $40,870
California 890 0.06 1.09 $19.59 $40,740
District of Columbia 60 0.08 1.63 $19.25 $40,030
Arizona 130 0.05 0.93 $19.20 $39,930





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 1,390 0.38 7.45 $12.15 $25,270
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.02 0.47 $15.19 $31,590
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 130 0.12 2.41 $12.74 $26,510
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 130 0.05 0.95 $15.36 $31,940
Pittsburgh, PA 120 0.10 2.00 $13.14 $27,330
Salt Lake City, UT 110 0.16 3.17 $14.92 $31,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 90 0.04 0.72 $16.89 $35,120
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 90 0.04 0.74 $16.51 $34,340
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.09 1.83 $17.58 $36,570
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 80 0.04 0.87 $15.71 $32,680




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 30 0.93 18.19 $12.81 $26,650
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,390 0.38 7.45 $12.15 $25,270
Peoria, IL 60 0.36 7.02 $13.22 $27,500
Champaign-Urbana, IL 30 0.35 6.90 $15.65 $32,550
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 50 0.30 5.88 $13.93 $28,970
Worcester, MA-CT 70 0.24 4.71 $20.22 $42,060
York-Hanover, PA 40 0.22 4.28 $15.91 $33,100
Salt Lake City, UT 110 0.16 3.17 $14.92 $31,040
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 30 0.15 2.99 $11.21 $23,310
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 40 0.14 2.66 $11.57 $24,060




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)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $30.37 $63,170
Springfield, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $25.42 $52,870
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 0.64 $22.13 $46,020
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 1.05 $21.14 $43,980
Tucson, AZ (8) (8) (8) $20.87 $43,400
Worcester, MA-CT 70 0.24 4.71 $20.22 $42,060
Oklahoma City, OK 60 0.10 1.85 $18.95 $39,420
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.09 1.83 $17.58 $36,570
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 50 0.09 1.82 $17.24 $35,850
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $17.06 $35,490

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)
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.48 9.35 $11.27 $23,430

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)
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.48 9.35 $11.27 $23,430

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)
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.53 $34,390
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.48 9.35 $11.27 $23,430
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $9.90 $20,600


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017