Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

31-2022 Physical Therapist Aides

Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.


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)
47,260 2.4 % $13.70 $28,500 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.63 $10.91 $12.62 $15.18 $18.86
Annual Wage (2) $20,040 $22,690 $26,240 $31,570 $39,230


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 27,620 3.04 $12.68 $26,370
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 7,580 0.14 $15.11 $31,430
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 3,610 1.38 $14.20 $29,550
Offices of Physicians 3,170 0.12 $13.90 $28,920
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 2,150 0.13 $17.35 $36,080

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 27,620 3.04 $12.68 $26,370
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 3,610 1.38 $14.20 $29,550
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 7,580 0.14 $15.11 $31,430
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 2,150 0.13 $17.35 $36,080
Offices of Physicians 3,170 0.12 $13.90 $28,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 40 (7) $18.02 $37,490
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 240 (7) $17.90 $37,240
Elementary and Secondary Schools 40 (7) $17.72 $36,850
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 2,150 0.13 $17.35 $36,080
Employment Services 200 0.01 $16.31 $33,920


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)
California 6,420 0.38 1.16 $14.95 $31,090
Texas 4,880 0.40 1.23 $12.89 $26,810
New Jersey 3,190 0.79 2.41 $13.21 $27,480
New York 3,090 0.33 1.01 $14.53 $30,230
Florida 2,320 0.27 0.82 $13.06 $27,160




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)
New Jersey 3,190 0.79 2.41 $13.21 $27,480
Louisiana 1,460 0.76 2.34 $13.28 $27,620
Utah 870 0.59 1.82 $10.99 $22,860
Alabama 1,050 0.54 1.65 $12.59 $26,190
Nebraska 520 0.53 1.62 $13.46 $28,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 40 0.13 0.40 $22.23 $46,230
Idaho 190 0.27 0.84 $18.81 $39,120
Minnesota 300 0.11 0.32 $17.90 $37,230
Rhode Island 130 0.27 0.82 $16.33 $33,960
Vermont 50 0.15 0.45 $16.30 $33,900





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,010 0.53 1.62 $13.82 $28,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,040 0.33 1.02 $14.96 $31,130
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,800 0.50 1.54 $12.93 $26,890
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,300 0.46 1.40 $15.65 $32,550
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 950 0.20 0.62 $14.93 $31,050
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 940 0.48 1.46 $13.45 $27,970
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 920 0.63 1.92 $13.47 $28,010
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 880 0.65 1.98 $12.25 $25,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 830 0.27 0.81 $13.89 $28,890
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 780 0.30 0.92 $13.23 $27,510




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)
Sebring, FL 50 1.92 5.89 $11.70 $24,340
Gadsden, AL 60 1.53 4.70 $14.33 $29,810
Baton Rouge, LA 560 1.42 4.36 $16.42 $34,150
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 110 1.36 4.16 $10.42 $21,680
Huntsville, AL 280 1.25 3.84 $12.36 $25,720
Grand Island, NE 50 1.24 3.79 $11.89 $24,720
Erie, PA 150 1.24 3.78 $11.53 $23,980
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 310 1.20 3.68 $10.55 $21,940
Wenatchee, WA 50 1.13 3.46 $14.28 $29,710
Chico, CA 90 1.09 3.34 $13.54 $28,160