Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

29-1122 Occupational Therapists

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to disabled persons.

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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)
78,580 1.5 % $25.50 $53,040 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.89 $20.63 $24.99 $29.63 $35.77
Annual Wage (2) $35,130 $42,910 $51,990 $61,620 $74,390

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
General medical and surgical hospitals 21,090 $25.99 $54,060 1 10
Offices of other health practitioners 16,110 $26.75 $55,650 2 5
Elementary and secondary schools 11,420 $22.80 $47,430 3 28
Nursing care facilities 6,610 $26.19 $54,480 4 8
Home health care services 4,890 $29.13 $60,590 5 3

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Management and technical consulting services 40 $30.02 $62,450 33 1
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 120 $29.60 $61,570 24 2
Home health care services 4,890 $29.13 $60,590 5 3
Employment services 660 $27.39 $56,980 17 4
Offices of other health practitioners 16,110 $26.75 $55,650 2 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Massachusetts 3,870 $25.96 $54,000 0.121% 159
Idaho 600 $20.15 $41,920 0.106% 145
Delaware 410 $18.65 $38,790 0.102% 207
Wisconsin 2,680 $23.29 $48,430 0.100% 144
New Hampshire 600 $24.35 $50,640 0.099% 111

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Nevada 310 $30.73 $63,920 0.029% 55
California 5,980 $29.24 $60,820 0.041% 148
New Jersey 2,010 $28.92 $60,160 0.052% 137
Connecticut 1,310 $28.38 $59,020 0.080% 122
Maryland 1,670 $27.62 $57,450 0.069% 106

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
La Crosse, WI-MN MSA 160 $23.90 $49,700 0.231%
Cumberland, MD-WV MSA 80 $28.82 $59,940 0.194%
Lawrence, MA-NH PMSA 300 $24.15 $50,240 0.193%
New Bedford, MA PMSA 110 $23.69 $49,280 0.169%
Gainesville, FL MSA 200 $20.66 $42,980 0.164%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Dothan, AL MSA 40 $38.58 $80,240 0.060%
Orange County, CA PMSA 710 $34.12 $70,970 0.050%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 370 $32.59 $67,780 0.037%
Joplin, MO MSA 30 $32.11 $66,780 0.040%
Modesto, CA MSA 70 $32.05 $66,670 0.044%

About 2002 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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 mean 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.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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