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20-1217-NEW
Monday, June 15, 2020

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Occupational Employment and Wages for Four Therapist Occupations in Selected Metropolitan Areas in New York – May 2019

Among eight selected metropolitan areas located entirely or partially in New York, seven had annual wages that were significantly below the national average for physical therapists and five had below-average wages for occupational therapists, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Four areas had below-average wages for speech-language pathologists, and two areas had below-average wages for respiratory therapists. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that New York-Newark-Jersey City was the only metropolitan area to have an average annual wage significantly above the U.S. average for all four of the selected therapist occupations. Nationwide, the average (mean) annual wage for physical therapists was $90,170; for speech-language pathologists, $82,000; for occupational therapists, $86,210; and for respiratory therapists, $63,950. (See table A. For comprehensive definitions of the New York metropolitan areas examined in this release, please see Technical Note.).

Table A. Average (mean) annual wages for selected therapist occupations in the United States, New York, and metropolitan areas in New York, May 2019
AreaPhysical therapistsSpeech-language pathologistsOccupational therapistsRespiratory therapists

United States

$90,170$82,000$86,210$63,950

New York

90,88096,770*89,92076,990*

Albany-Schenectady-Troy

78,100*70,240*73,660*63,850

Binghamton

83,650*81,67084,78068,120*

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls

75,820*71,080*72,220*68,430*

Kingston

81,030*86,10084,76079,280*

New York-Newark-Jersey City

97,380*104,180*95,990*79,150*

Rochester

77,300*72,010*75,490*60,940*

Syracuse

76,150*76,740*77,210*59,320*

Utica-Rome

82,410*87,17082,180*64,020

Note: An asterisk indicates that the mean annual wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

The New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan area had a combined employment of 50,110 for the four selected therapist occupations. Employment in these four occupations combined was less than 3,400 in each of the remaining selected metropolitan areas in New York. (See table B.)

Table B. Employment of selected therapist occupations in the United States, New York, and metropolitan areas in New York, May 2019
AreaPhysical therapistsSpeech-language pathologistsOccupational therapistsRespiratory therapists

United States

233,350154,360133,570132,090

New York

17,71013,13012,4605,860

Albany-Schenectady-Troy

790600600360

Binghamton

18015013090

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls

1,320890740420

Kingston

1401006050

New York-Newark-Jersey City

17,79013,24012,4306,650

Rochester

1,050840740440

Syracuse

590510370240

Utica-Rome

260140200100

Wages for physical therapists in selected metropolitan areas in New York

Physical therapists in the New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan area earned $97,380 per year, significantly higher than the U.S. average of $90,170. Wages were significantly below the national average for this occupation in 7 other selected metropolitan areas in New York, with averages ranging from $75,820 in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls to $83,650 in the Binghamton area.

Wages for speech-language pathologists in selected metropolitan areas in New York

One metropolitan area, New York-Newark-Jersey City, had a mean annual wage for speech-language pathologists ($104,180) that was significantly higher than the $82,000 national average. Four metropolitan areas had wages for speech-language pathologists that were measurably lower than the national average: Albany-Schenectady-Troy ($70,240), Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls ($71,080), Rochester ($72,010), and Syracuse ($76,740). The remaining selected metropolitan areas had wages that were not measurably different from the U.S. average for the occupation.

Wages for occupational therapists in selected metropolitan areas in New York

The New York-Newark-Jersey City area had a mean annual wage of $95,990 for occupational therapists, significantly above the U.S. average of $86,210. Five of the selected metropolitan areas had wages significantly below the national average for occupational therapists, with averages ranging from $72,220 in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls to $82,180 in Utica-Rome. Wages in the remaining two areas, Binghamton and Kingston, were not significantly different from the national average.

Wages for respiratory therapists in selected metropolitan areas in New York

Four metropolitan areas had average wages for respiratory therapists that were significantly higher than the $63,950 national average: Kingston ($79,280), New York-Newark-Jersey City ($79,150), Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls ($68,430), and Binghamton ($68,120). Two areas had wages for respiratory therapists that were measurably lower than the national average: Syracuse ($59,320) and Rochester ($60,940). Wages for respiratory therapists in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy and Utica-Rome areas were not measurably different from the U.S. average.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the New York State Department of Labor and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Changes to the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Data

With the May 2019 estimates, the OES program has begun implementing the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system. Each set of OES estimates is calculated from six panels of survey data collected over three years. Because the May 2019 estimates are based on a combination of survey data collected using the 2010 SOC and survey data collected using the 2018 SOC, these estimates use a hybrid of the two classification systems that contains some combinations of occupations that are not found in either the 2010 or 2018 SOC. The May 2021 estimates, to be published in Spring 2022, will be the first OES estimates based entirely on survey data collected using the 2018 SOC.

In addition, the OES program has replaced some 2018 SOC detailed occupations with SOC broad occupations or OES-specific aggregations. These include home health aides and personal care aides, for which OES will publish only the 2018 SOC broad occupation 31-1120 Home Health and Personal Care Aides. For more information on the occupational classification system used in the May 2019 OES estimates, please see www.bls.gov/oes/soc_2018.htm and www.bls.gov/oes/oes_ques.htm#qf10.

The May 2019 OES estimates use the metropolitan area definitions delineated in Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Bulletin 17-01, which add a new Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) for Twin Falls, Idaho. For more information on the area definitions used in the May 2019 estimates, please see www.bls.gov/oes/current/msa_def.htm.

A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.


Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. The OES data available from BLS include cross-industry occupational employment and wage estimates for the nation; over 580 areas, including states and the District of Columbia, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), nonmetropolitan areas, and territories; national industry-specific estimates at the NAICS sector, 3-digit, most 4-digit, and selected 5- and 6-digit industry levels, and national estimates by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm.

The OES survey is a cooperative effort between BLS and the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). BLS funds the survey and provides the procedures and technical support, while the State Workforce Agencies collect most of the data. OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.1 million establishments. Each year, two semiannual panels of approximately 180,000 to 200,000 sampled establishments are contacted, one panel in May and the other in November. Responses are obtained by mail, Internet or other electronic means, email, telephone, or personal visit. The May 2019 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2019, November 2018, May 2018, November 2017, May 2017, and November 2016. The unweighted sampled employment of 83 million across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 57 percent of total national employment. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 71 percent based on establishments and 68 percent based on weighted sampled employment.

A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.

The May 2019 OES estimates are the first set of OES estimates to be based in part on survey data collected using the 2018 SOC. These estimates use a hybrid of the 2010 and 2018 SOC systems. More information on the hybrid classification system is available at www.bls.gov/oes/soc_2018.htm.

The May 2019 OES estimates are based on the 2017 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). More information about the 2017 NAICS is available at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.

Metropolitan area definitions

The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Schoharie Counties in New York.

  • Binghamton, NY MSA includes Broome and Tioga Counties in New York.

  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY MSA includes Erie and Niagara Counties in New York.

  • Kingston, NY MSA includes Ulster County in New York.

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA MSA includes Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union Counties in New Jersey; Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland Suffolk, and Westchester Counties in New York; and Pike County in Pennsylvania.

  • Rochester, NY MSA includes Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, and Yates Counties in New York.

  • Syracuse, NY MSA includes Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties in New York.

  • Utica-Rome, NY MSA includes Herkimer and Oneida Counties in New York.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

 

Last Modified Date: Monday, June 15, 2020