Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

29-1122 Occupational Therapists

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
100,300 1.3 % $35.28 $73,380 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.52 $28.84 $34.77 $41.79 $49.29
Annual Wage (2) $48,920 $60,000 $72,320 $86,930 $102,520


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 23,480 0.46 $35.17 $73,160
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 23,160 3.48 $36.02 $74,910
Elementary and Secondary Schools 13,390 0.16 $31.25 $65,000
Nursing Care Facilities 10,300 0.62 $37.36 $77,700
Home Health Care Services 8,010 0.75 $40.35 $83,920

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 23,160 3.48 $36.02 $74,910
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 4,520 2.11 $36.27 $75,450
Home Health Care Services 8,010 0.75 $40.35 $83,920
Nursing Care Facilities 10,300 0.62 $37.36 $77,700
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 23,480 0.46 $35.17 $73,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 1,450 0.06 $40.65 $84,540
Home Health Care Services 8,010 0.75 $40.35 $83,920
Management of Companies and Enterprises 300 0.02 $38.31 $79,690
Offices of Physicians 2,010 0.09 $38.22 $79,500
Nursing Care Facilities 10,300 0.62 $37.36 $77,700


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,130 0.58 0.74 $40.54 $84,320
Texas 7,280 0.72 0.92 $39.33 $81,800
New York 7,100 0.85 1.08 $33.52 $69,720
Florida 6,140 0.86 1.10 $37.27 $77,530
Pennsylvania 5,870 1.07 1.36 $32.95 $68,530




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 830 1.44 1.82 $30.17 $62,750
Massachusetts 4,290 1.38 1.74 $35.18 $73,180
New Hampshire 820 1.36 1.73 $30.30 $63,020
Pennsylvania 5,870 1.07 1.36 $32.95 $68,530
Connecticut 1,710 1.07 1.36 $38.05 $79,150




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,130 0.58 0.74 $40.54 $84,320
District of Columbia 140 0.21 0.27 $40.17 $83,550
Nevada 690 0.62 0.79 $39.90 $82,980
New Jersey 3,200 0.85 1.08 $39.63 $82,420
Texas 7,280 0.72 0.92 $39.33 $81,800

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,880 0.78 0.99 $35.80 $74,470
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 3,090 0.87 1.11 $36.46 $75,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,320 0.61 0.77 $40.70 $84,660
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,240 1.12 1.42 $42.64 $88,690
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,110 1.27 1.61 $35.66 $74,180
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,920 1.06 1.35 $34.63 $72,040
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,550 0.62 0.79 $37.24 $77,450
Pittsburgh, PA 1,430 1.31 1.66 $31.56 $65,640
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,350 1.09 1.38 $38.09 $79,230
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,330 1.22 1.55 $42.37 $88,120




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Bedford, MA 170 2.74 3.47 $36.66 $76,260
Prescott, AZ 150 2.74 3.47 $37.24 $77,460
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 210 2.72 3.45 $31.86 $66,270
Bowling Green, KY 110 2.01 2.54 $41.31 $85,920
Gadsden, AL 70 1.94 2.45 $32.72 $68,050
Clarksville, TN-KY 150 1.90 2.40 $32.55 $67,700
Battle Creek, MI 100 1.89 2.40 $31.83 $66,210
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 100 1.85 2.34 $32.23 $67,040
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 170 1.71 2.16 $37.72 $78,460
Gainesville, FL 200 1.71 2.16 $28.79 $59,880




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elizabethtown, KY 70 1.55 1.96 $44.87 $93,330
Sherman-Denison, TX 60 1.44 1.82 $44.56 $92,680
Longview, TX 30 0.35 0.45 $43.30 $90,070
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 50 0.30 0.37 $43.12 $89,690
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 170 0.78 0.99 $42.89 $89,210
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.73 0.92 $42.71 $88,840
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,240 1.12 1.42 $42.64 $88,690
Stockton, CA 80 0.39 0.50 $42.62 $88,640
Visalia-Porterville, CA (8) (8) (8) $42.48 $88,360
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,330 1.22 1.55 $42.37 $88,120

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 280 1.50 1.90 $29.35 $61,050
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 230 0.85 1.08 $28.17 $58,590
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.74 0.94 $40.47 $84,180
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 200 0.86 1.09 $29.37 $61,090
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 200 1.05 1.33 $28.25 $58,750

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 60 4.63 5.87 $41.62 $86,570
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 170 1.73 2.20 $28.33 $58,930
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 1.55 1.96 $28.10 $58,440
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 280 1.50 1.90 $29.35 $61,050
Hammond nonmetropolitan area 80 1.44 1.83 $31.90 $66,360

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.56 0.71 $52.91 $110,060
Southwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $44.51 $92,570
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.68 0.87 $43.06 $89,560
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 0.60 $42.93 $89,300
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 0.90 $42.02 $87,410


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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