Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
57,650 1.9 % $18.29 $38,050 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.61 $14.98 $18.39 $21.33 $25.36
Annual Wage (2) $24,140 $31,150 $38,250 $44,360 $52,740

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of other health practitioners 20,720 $17.90 $37,230
General medical and surgical hospitals 16,780 $18.30 $38,070
Nursing care facilities 5,870 $19.59 $40,740
Offices of physicians 2,630 $16.92 $35,200
Home health care services 2,410 $21.47 $44,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Home health care services 2,410 $21.47 $44,660
Other residential care facilities 80 $20.28 $42,180
Management of companies and enterprises 240 $20.28 $42,180
Community care facilities for the elderly 770 $19.63 $40,820
Nursing care facilities 5,870 $19.59 $40,740

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
Ohio 4,420 $18.41 $38,290 0.083%
Tennessee 2,190 $18.64 $38,770 0.082%
West Virginia 520 $16.01 $33,300 0.075%
Oklahoma 1,060 $18.77 $39,050 0.074%
South Dakota 260 $12.87 $26,760 0.070%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 3,910 $20.65 $42,960 0.027%
Nevada 290 $20.61 $42,870 0.025%
Maryland 690 $19.98 $41,560 0.028%
Texas 3,370 $19.90 $41,390 0.036%
Massachusetts 1,790 $19.47 $40,490 0.057%

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
Youngstown-Warren, OH MSA 390 $17.44 $36,270 0.175%
Toledo, OH MSA 490 $18.09 $37,620 0.160%
Rocky Mount, NC MSA 100 $20.69 $43,030 0.159%
Topeka, KS MSA 140 $18.93 $39,380 0.145%
Fitchburg-Leominster, MA PMSA 70 $15.98 $33,250 0.140%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 390 $27.48 $57,150 0.041%
Oakland, CA PMSA 250 $24.64 $51,250 0.025%
Modesto, CA MSA 60 $24.55 $51,060 0.037%
San Jose, CA PMSA 160 $23.85 $49,610 0.019%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 50 $23.62 $49,120 0.055%

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

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November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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November 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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