Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
49,290 2.4 % $13.42 $27,910 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.43 $10.64 $12.37 $14.92 $18.50
Annual Wage (2) $19,620 $22,120 $25,730 $31,040 $38,490


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 28,570 3.26 $12.49 $25,980
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 7,950 0.14 $14.83 $30,840
Offices of Physicians 3,250 0.13 $13.92 $28,940
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,960 1.14 $14.11 $29,350
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 2,510 0.15 $16.63 $34,590

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 28,570 3.26 $12.49 $25,980
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,960 1.14 $14.11 $29,350
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 2,510 0.15 $16.63 $34,590
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 7,950 0.14 $14.83 $30,840
Offices of Physicians 3,250 0.13 $13.92 $28,940

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (8) (8) $19.60 $40,770
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 2,510 0.15 $16.63 $34,590
Employment Services 130 (7) $16.22 $33,730
Home Health Care Services 470 0.03 $16.01 $33,310
Elementary and Secondary Schools 50 (7) $15.70 $32,660


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 6,350 0.38 1.10 $14.65 $30,480
Texas 5,660 0.48 1.38 $12.70 $26,410
New Jersey 3,180 0.79 2.30 $13.12 $27,290
New York 2,700 0.29 0.85 $13.67 $28,430
Florida 2,430 0.29 0.84 $12.69 $26,390




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)
New Jersey 3,180 0.79 2.30 $13.12 $27,290
Louisiana 1,410 0.74 2.15 $12.91 $26,840
Tennessee 1,880 0.65 1.87 $12.02 $24,990
Wyoming 170 0.62 1.79 $12.41 $25,810
Utah 790 0.56 1.61 $10.81 $22,480




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 1,810 0.31 0.88 $19.13 $39,780
Minnesota 350 0.12 0.35 $19.09 $39,700
New Hampshire 140 0.21 0.60 $16.71 $34,750
Connecticut 380 0.23 0.67 $16.56 $34,450
District of Columbia 90 0.12 0.35 $16.41 $34,130



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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,670 0.40 1.15 $12.78 $26,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,440 0.32 0.94 $15.37 $31,970
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.49 1.41 $13.44 $27,950
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,070 1.14 3.29 $12.33 $25,650
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.28 0.80 $20.22 $42,070
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 990 0.84 2.44 $13.94 $28,990
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 940 0.72 2.08 $14.05 $29,220
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 930 0.69 1.98 $12.32 $25,620
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 870 0.61 1.77 $13.01 $27,050
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 840 0.68 1.96 $12.99 $27,020


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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)
Wichita Falls, TX 150 2.66 7.68 $12.06 $25,080
Abilene, TX 140 2.15 6.22 $11.54 $24,000
Sebring, FL 40 1.66 4.81 $11.53 $23,990
Redding, CA 100 1.47 4.26 $13.28 $27,620
Grand Island, NE 50 1.33 3.84 $12.33 $25,650
Owensboro, KY 70 1.29 3.74 $15.28 $31,780
Wenatchee, WA 60 1.28 3.71 $13.40 $27,870
Lewiston, ID-WA 30 1.27 3.68 $13.20 $27,450
Baton Rouge, LA 490 1.24 3.59 $16.16 $33,620
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 100 1.16 3.34 $10.00 $20,790


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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)
Springfield, IL (8) (8) (8) $26.55 $55,230
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 30 0.13 0.37 $20.56 $42,760
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.28 0.80 $20.22 $42,070
Boulder, CO 40 0.23 0.65 $20.17 $41,960
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 200 0.10 0.29 $19.55 $40,670
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 40 0.27 0.78 $18.72 $38,940
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 100 0.18 0.52 $18.53 $38,540
St. Cloud, MN (8) (8) (8) $18.22 $37,900
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 30 0.18 0.52 $17.71 $36,840
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $17.57 $36,540

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 1.39 4.01 $13.14 $27,330
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.04 3.02 $12.37 $25,730
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.56 1.63 $12.06 $25,070
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.91 2.64 $13.51 $28,100
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.60 1.73 $11.35 $23,600

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 1.39 4.01 $13.14 $27,330
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 1.26 3.65 $12.80 $26,610
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.23 3.56 $11.56 $24,040
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 1.04 3.02 $12.37 $25,730
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.91 2.64 $13.51 $28,100

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)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 0.78 $17.61 $36,630
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 0.74 $17.43 $36,260
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 0.43 $16.31 $33,920
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.64 1.86 $15.76 $32,790
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.12 $31,450


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