Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants

Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

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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)
52,440 1.9 % $17.67 $36,750 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.65 $14.67 $17.60 $20.72 $23.87
Annual Wage (2) $24,230 $30,520 $36,610 $43,100 $49,650

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 17,710 $17.30 $35,970 1 15
General medical and surgical hospitals 16,470 $17.72 $36,860 2 12
Nursing care facilities 5,680 $18.51 $38,500 3 6
Offices of physicians 2,530 $16.41 $34,140 4 21
Home health care services 2,130 $20.34 $42,300 5 1

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Home health care services 2,130 $20.34 $42,300 5 1
Emergency and other relief services (6) $19.99 $41,580 (6) 2
Employment services (6) $19.15 $39,830 (6) 3
Other residential care facilities 100 $19.09 $39,710 19 4
Management of companies and enterprises 110 $18.69 $38,880 18 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
Ohio 3,710 $18.40 $38,260 0.070% 310
Tennessee 1,800 $17.51 $36,410 0.069% 282
West Virginia 440 $16.27 $33,840 0.065% 276
Arizona 1,440 $14.58 $30,330 0.064% 377
Maine 350 $17.61 $36,630 0.059% 249

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
California 4,050 $20.54 $42,730 0.028% 343
Nevada 340 $19.59 $40,750 0.032% 256
New Jersey 840 $19.50 $40,550 0.022% 349
Texas 3,380 $19.24 $40,010 0.037% 273
Virginia 1,220 $18.71 $38,910 0.036% 287

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
Evansville-Henderson, IN-KY MSA 230 $20.51 $42,670 0.150%
Toledo, OH MSA 430 $16.70 $34,730 0.140%
Johnstown, PA MSA 110 $13.56 $28,210 0.134%
Ocala, FL MSA 110 $16.05 $33,380 0.132%
Sharon, PA MSA 60 $14.48 $30,130 0.127%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 300 $25.65 $53,340 0.031%
Modesto, CA MSA 60 $24.13 $50,180 0.038%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 780 $23.25 $48,360 0.019%
Oakland, CA PMSA 270 $23.03 $47,910 0.027%
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 60 $22.19 $46,150 0.032%

About May 2003 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) 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 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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