Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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.

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)
44,160 2.1 % $12.01 $24,990 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.33 $9.66 $11.49 $13.89 $16.39
Annual Wage (2) $17,330 $20,090 $23,890 $28,880 $34,100


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 22,490 $11.40 $23,700
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 9,520 $12.52 $26,030
Nursing Care Facilities 3,670 $13.37 $27,800
Offices of Physicians 2,610 $11.94 $24,830
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,150 $12.44 $25,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Home Health Care Services 450 $15.71 $32,670
State Government (OES Designation) 170 $15.60 $32,450
Local Government (OES Designation) 190 $14.70 $30,570
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 130 $14.42 $30,000
Employment Services 100 $14.23 $29,600


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Utah 810 $10.01 $20,810 0.686
Idaho 410 $11.01 $22,900 0.672
New Jersey 2,430 $12.39 $25,770 0.630
Nebraska 500 $10.58 $22,020 0.549
Louisiana 970 $10.71 $22,270 0.518

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Vermont 80 $15.49 $32,220 0.270
Hawaii 100 $15.05 $31,310 0.167
Massachusetts 750 $14.29 $29,730 0.236
New Hampshire 120 $14.19 $29,520 0.187
Colorado 450 $13.49 $28,070 0.201


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Wichita Falls, TX 80 $9.67 $20,100 1.432
Lawton, OK 60 $9.42 $19,600 1.351
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 280 $9.66 $20,090 1.255
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 50 $13.30 $27,670 1.233
Chico, CA 80 $11.87 $24,680 1.206

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 30 $18.35 $38,160 0.451
Worcester, MA-CT 60 $17.57 $36,540 0.270
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 280 $16.56 $34,450 0.314
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 70 $16.22 $33,740 0.176
Burlington-South Burlington, VT (8) $16.19 $33,670 (8)


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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