Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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.

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Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
37,330 2.0 % $10.63 $22,120 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.35 $8.38 $9.94 $11.81 $14.42
Annual Wage (2) $15,290 $17,430 $20,670 $24,560 $29,990

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
Offices of other health practitioners 16,290 $10.29 $21,410 1 19
General medical and surgical hospitals 10,600 $10.50 $21,850 2 17
Nursing care facilities 4,320 $11.33 $23,570 3 11
Offices of physicians 1,700 $11.11 $23,120 4 12
Other hospitals 1,040 $10.91 $22,700 5 14

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Home health care services 230 $13.79 $28,680 13 1
Colleges and universities 50 $13.10 $27,250 17 2
State government (OES designation) 260 $12.84 $26,700 8 3
Elementary and secondary schools 50 $12.09 $25,150 18 4
Vocational rehabilitation services 30 $11.76 $24,460 20 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
Arizona 1,450 $8.97 $18,660 0.065% 561
Utah 670 $8.80 $18,300 0.064% 557
North Dakota 190 $9.70 $20,170 0.061% 403
West Virginia 360 $9.14 $19,010 0.053% 502
Montana 200 $9.41 $19,570 0.051% 465

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Rhode Island 80 $14.77 $30,730 0.017% 309
District of Columbia 40 $13.31 $27,690 0.007% 332
Alaska 50 $12.93 $26,890 0.017% 364
Hawaii 180 $12.69 $26,400 0.033% 368
Massachusetts 630 $12.33 $25,650 0.020% 543

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
Redding, CA MSA 120 $9.14 $19,000 0.185%
Sherman-Denison, TX MSA 50 $9.22 $19,180 0.118%
Yuma, AZ MSA 60 $8.90 $18,510 0.117%
Bridgeport, CT PMSA 200 $11.46 $23,840 0.109%
Punta Gorda, FL MSA 40 $11.47 $23,860 0.097%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Jackson, MS MSA 40 $18.26 $37,980 0.019%
Houston, TX PMSA 400 $16.60 $34,520 0.020%
Brownsville-Harlingen-San Benito, TX MSA 40 $15.42 $32,080 0.035%
San Jose, CA PMSA 180 $14.00 $29,110 0.020%
Cumberland, MD-WV MSA 40 $13.80 $28,710 0.097%

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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