Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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
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)
65,960 1.6 % $23.95 $49,810 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.94 $19.35 $23.89 $28.39 $33.09
Annual Wage (2) $31,070 $40,240 $49,690 $59,050 $68,820


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)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 26,800 4.03 $23.24 $48,330
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 16,030 0.31 $23.03 $47,900
Nursing Care Facilities 7,440 0.45 $25.80 $53,660
Home Health Care Services 5,200 0.49 $28.62 $59,520
Offices of Physicians 2,910 0.13 $22.34 $46,460

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 26,800 4.03 $23.24 $48,330
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,920 0.90 $24.18 $50,290
Home Health Care Services 5,200 0.49 $28.62 $59,520
Nursing Care Facilities 7,440 0.45 $25.80 $53,660
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 16,030 0.31 $23.03 $47,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 5,200 0.49 $28.62 $59,520
Management of Companies and Enterprises 200 0.01 $28.11 $58,460
Employment Services 770 0.03 $27.38 $56,950
Nursing Care Facilities 7,440 0.45 $25.80 $53,660
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 650 0.09 $25.46 $52,970


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)
Ohio 4,890 0.99 1.91 $25.16 $52,320
California 4,460 0.32 0.61 $27.77 $57,760
Texas 4,250 0.42 0.81 $30.02 $62,440
Pennsylvania 4,130 0.75 1.45 $20.57 $42,780
Florida 3,740 0.53 1.02 $26.58 $55,280




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)
Ohio 4,890 0.99 1.91 $25.16 $52,320
Tennessee 2,270 0.88 1.70 $24.85 $51,680
West Virginia 600 0.87 1.68 $19.97 $41,540
Kentucky 1,500 0.87 1.68 $22.20 $46,180
Oklahoma 1,250 0.85 1.63 $22.49 $46,790




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 4,250 0.42 0.81 $30.02 $62,440
California 4,460 0.32 0.61 $27.77 $57,760
Connecticut 440 0.27 0.52 $27.01 $56,180
Florida 3,740 0.53 1.02 $26.58 $55,280
Nevada 320 0.29 0.56 $26.34 $54,800

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)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,840 0.52 1.00 $24.86 $51,700
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.26 0.49 $24.83 $51,650
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.62 1.20 $21.71 $45,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.29 0.56 $26.95 $56,060
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,100 0.66 1.27 $23.93 $49,780
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,090 0.44 0.84 $29.60 $61,570
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,080 1.12 2.16 $25.39 $52,810
Pittsburgh, PA 1,050 0.96 1.84 $19.43 $40,420
St. Louis, MO-IL 920 0.73 1.41 $21.55 $44,830
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 870 0.80 1.54 $28.29 $58,840




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)
Gadsden, AL 90 2.67 5.14 $25.17 $52,350
New Bedford, MA 150 2.41 4.64 $26.81 $55,760
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 100 2.07 3.98 $22.27 $46,320
Cleveland, TN 60 1.77 3.41 $30.08 $62,570
Rocky Mount, NC 100 1.76 3.40 $26.16 $54,410
Cumberland, MD-WV 60 1.68 3.24 $24.39 $50,730
Chattanooga, TN-GA 360 1.66 3.20 $25.87 $53,800
Ocala, FL 150 1.66 3.19 $19.70 $40,980
Topeka, KS 170 1.61 3.10 $25.06 $52,120
Danville, VA 60 1.60 3.08 $26.68 $55,500




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)
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 150 0.68 1.30 $38.29 $79,630
Sherman-Denison, TX 50 1.28 2.47 $38.04 $79,130
Longview, TX 70 0.71 1.38 $37.18 $77,320
Corpus Christi, TX (8) (8) (8) $36.20 $75,290
Laredo, TX 80 1.00 1.92 $35.51 $73,870
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX (8) (8) (8) $35.48 $73,800
Port St. Lucie, FL 80 0.67 1.30 $31.59 $65,710
San Antonio, TX 340 0.41 0.80 $31.32 $65,150
Lynchburg, VA 150 1.54 2.97 $30.70 $63,850
Victoria, TX (8) (8) (8) $30.65 $63,750

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)
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 350 1.34 2.58 $22.43 $46,660
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 280 0.74 1.42 $21.65 $45,030
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 250 0.93 1.80 $17.55 $36,510
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 210 1.13 2.17 $18.29 $38,050
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 200 0.87 1.68 $19.88 $41,350

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)
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 170 1.52 2.93 $25.66 $53,380
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 1.36 2.62 $22.79 $47,410
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 200 1.35 2.60 $21.46 $44,640
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 350 1.34 2.58 $22.43 $46,660
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 190 1.34 2.58 $22.19 $46,160

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 Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.28 0.54 $30.38 $63,180
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.57 1.10 $30.02 $62,450
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.63 1.21 $29.93 $62,260
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.58 1.11 $29.55 $61,460
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.39 $61,120


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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