Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants

Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. 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)
85,580 1.4 % $27.33 $56,850 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.65 $22.04 $27.21 $32.14 $38.00
Annual Wage (2) $34,640 $45,840 $56,610 $66,860 $79,040


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 39,120 4.67 $26.28 $54,660
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 16,450 0.30 $25.91 $53,890
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 9,840 0.60 $30.98 $64,440
Home Health Care Services 7,330 0.54 $32.22 $67,010
Offices of Physicians 4,340 0.17 $25.15 $52,310

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 39,120 4.67 $26.28 $54,660
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,530 0.99 $26.82 $55,780
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 9,840 0.60 $30.98 $64,440
Home Health Care Services 7,330 0.54 $32.22 $67,010
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 16,450 0.30 $25.91 $53,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 7,330 0.54 $32.22 $67,010
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 9,840 0.60 $30.98 $64,440
Management of Companies and Enterprises 360 0.02 $30.91 $64,300
Employment Services 910 0.03 $30.28 $62,970
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 780 0.09 $30.13 $62,670


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 6,780 0.58 0.95 $34.51 $71,780
Ohio 6,210 1.16 1.91 $27.92 $58,080
Florida 5,340 0.65 1.06 $30.16 $62,730
California 5,040 0.32 0.52 $30.61 $63,680
Illinois 4,860 0.82 1.35 $27.03 $56,220




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 6,210 1.16 1.91 $27.92 $58,080
West Virginia 800 1.14 1.87 $24.23 $50,390
Alabama 1,900 0.99 1.63 $25.92 $53,910
Kentucky 1,770 0.95 1.55 $25.99 $54,060
Tennessee 2,730 0.94 1.55 $27.34 $56,870




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 6,780 0.58 0.95 $34.51 $71,780
New Jersey 1,280 0.32 0.53 $30.88 $64,230
California 5,040 0.32 0.52 $30.61 $63,680
Florida 5,340 0.65 1.06 $30.16 $62,730
Connecticut 730 0.44 0.72 $29.58 $61,530





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 2,730 0.75 1.23 $28.61 $59,500
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,140 0.33 0.53 $28.72 $59,740
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,650 0.68 1.12 $37.14 $77,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.34 0.56 $31.66 $65,860
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,340 1.11 1.83 $25.81 $53,680
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,150 0.59 0.97 $23.28 $48,420
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,120 0.38 0.63 $32.07 $66,710
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,080 0.80 1.32 $23.49 $48,850
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,010 0.40 0.66 $25.31 $52,650
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,000 0.96 1.57 $26.88 $55,900