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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Physical Therapist Aides
Industry profile for Physical Therapist Aides
Geographic profile for Physical Therapist Aides

National estimates for Physical Therapist Aides: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Physical Therapist Aides:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
45,790 2.3 % $ 14.47 $ 30,110 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Physical Therapist Aides:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 9.86 $ 11.66 $ 13.68 $ 16.00 $ 19.51
Annual Wage (2) $ 20,500 $ 24,250 $ 28,450 $ 33,280 $ 40,580


Industry profile for Physical Therapist Aides: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Physical Therapist Aides are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Physical Therapist Aides, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Physical Therapist Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 27,970 3.10 $ 13.61 $ 28,300
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6,950 0.12 $ 15.70 $ 32,660
Offices of Physicians 3,360 0.13 $ 14.67 $ 30,520
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,520 0.94 $ 14.69 $ 30,550
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 1,630 0.11 $ 19.26 $ 40,070

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Physical Therapist Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 27,970 3.10 $ 13.61 $ 28,300
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,520 0.94 $ 14.69 $ 30,550
Offices of Physicians 3,360 0.13 $ 14.67 $ 30,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6,950 0.12 $ 15.70 $ 32,660
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 1,630 0.11 $ 19.26 $ 40,070

Top paying industries for Physical Therapist Aides:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 150 (7) $ 21.33 $ 44,370
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 1,630 0.11 $ 19.26 $ 40,070
Elementary and Secondary Schools 40 (7) $ 17.47 $ 36,340
Employment Services 340 0.01 $ 17.07 $ 35,510
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 60 0.01 $ 16.66 $ 34,650


Geographic profile for Physical Therapist Aides: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Physical Therapist Aides are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Physical Therapist Aides, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Physical Therapist Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,010 0.43 1.30 $ 15.83 $ 32,940
Texas 4,620 0.38 1.16 $ 13.27 $ 27,590
New Jersey 3,390 0.90 2.72 $ 13.85 $ 28,810
New York 2,900 0.33 1.01 $ 16.40 $ 34,120
Pennsylvania 1,870 0.34 1.03 $ 16.09 $ 33,470




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Physical Therapist Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 3,390 0.90 2.72 $ 13.85 $ 28,810
Louisiana 1,230 0.68 2.07 $ 10.62 $ 22,090
Utah 950 0.64 1.95 $ 11.54 $ 24,010
Maryland 1,450 0.57 1.75 $ 13.65 $ 28,400
North Dakota 210 0.52 1.59 $ 15.67 $ 32,590




Top paying states for Physical Therapist Aides:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island (8) (8) (8) $ 22.10 $ 45,970
Connecticut 380 0.24 0.74 $ 20.10 $ 41,800
Minnesota 300 0.11 0.33 $ 18.39 $ 38,250
Hawaii 60 0.10 0.29 $ 18.08 $ 37,600
Alaska 30 0.10 0.31 $ 17.91 $ 37,260





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Physical Therapist Aides:

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 5,270 0.60 1.81 $ 15.02 $ 31,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,460 0.42 1.29 $ 15.05 $ 31,300
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,920 0.53 1.63 $ 13.25 $ 27,560
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 980 0.36 1.10 $ 17.02 $ 35,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 860 0.28 0.86 $ 14.49 $ 30,140
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 830 0.65 1.97 $ 13.05 $ 27,150
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 810 0.19 0.56 $ 14.25 $ 29,640
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 800 0.57 1.75 $ 15.16 $ 31,530
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 740 0.30 0.90 $ 13.20 $ 27,460
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 730 0.31 0.95 $ 18.23 $ 37,930




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Physical Therapist Aides:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Charlottesville, VA 230 2.09 6.35 $ 15.23 $ 31,680
San Angelo, TX 70 1.55 4.70 $ 13.82 $ 28,740
Abilene, TX 90 1.35 4.12 $ 12.97 $ 26,980
Gadsden, AL 40 1.16 3.53 $ 16.36 $ 34,020
Canton-Massillon, OH 180 1.13 3.44 $ 22.84 $ 47,510
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 320 1.07 3.24 $ 15.69 $ 32,640
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 90 1.04 3.16 $ 9.71 $ 20,200
Kennewick-Richland, WA 110 0.98 2.99 $ 15.60 $ 32,450
Morgantown, WV 60 0.95 2.90 $ 12.01 $ 24,970
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 80 0.90 2.74 $ 16.45 $ 34,220




Top paying metropolitan areas for Physical Therapist Aides:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Savannah, GA 70 0.41 1.26 $ 25.79 $ 53,640
Akron, OH (8) (8) (8) $ 23.83 $ 49,570
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 190 0.34 1.02 $ 23.78 $ 49,470
Canton-Massillon, OH 180 1.13 3.44 $ 22.84 $ 47,510
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 180 0.33 1.01 $ 21.36 $ 44,440
Boulder, CO 40 0.22 0.68 $ 21.34 $ 44,390
Santa Rosa, CA 100 0.52 1.58 $ 20.97 $ 43,610
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 110 0.22 0.67 $ 19.93 $ 41,440
Killeen-Temple, TX 40 0.32 0.97 $ 19.55 $ 40,670
Colorado Springs, CO 30 0.12 0.35 $ 18.92 $ 39,340

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Physical Therapist Aides:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 260 0.68 2.05 $ 12.26 $ 25,490
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.93 2.84 $ 12.80 $ 26,630
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 100 1.03 3.13 $ 13.24 $ 27,540
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.38 1.16 $ 12.36 $ 25,710
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 90 0.57 1.73 $ 12.70 $ 26,420

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Physical Therapist Aides:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 100 1.03 3.13 $ 13.24 $ 27,540
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 0.94 2.87 $ 12.94 $ 26,910
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.93 2.84 $ 12.80 $ 26,630
Central Utah nonmetropolitan area 40 0.87 2.64 $ 11.98 $ 24,910
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.82 2.48 $ 16.41 $ 34,130

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Physical Therapist Aides:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.36 1.10 $ 20.38 $ 42,400
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 20.23 $ 42,080
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 1.50 $ 19.24 $ 40,020
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.47 1.43 $ 18.93 $ 39,380
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 18.23 $ 37,920


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021