Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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
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)
45,900 2.0 % $12.02 $25,000 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.30 $9.51 $11.39 $13.85 $16.67
Annual Wage (2) $17,270 $19,780 $23,680 $28,810 $34,670


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 23,350 3.51 $11.58 $24,080
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,520 0.17 $12.59 $26,180
Nursing Care Facilities 3,750 0.23 $13.18 $27,420
Offices of Physicians 3,260 0.14 $11.35 $23,610
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,380 1.11 $12.90 $26,820

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 23,350 3.51 $11.58 $24,080
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,380 1.11 $12.90 $26,820
Nursing Care Facilities 3,750 0.23 $13.18 $27,420
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,520 0.17 $12.59 $26,180
Outpatient Care Centers 880 0.15 $12.21 $25,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 70 (7) $16.10 $33,490
Home Health Care Services 460 0.04 $15.84 $32,950
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 420 0.06 $14.53 $30,220
Local Government (OES Designation) 210 (7) $14.13 $29,390
Nursing Care Facilities 3,750 0.23 $13.18 $27,420


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 6,080 0.43 1.20 $13.15 $27,350
Texas 4,410 0.44 1.21 $10.80 $22,460
New Jersey 2,920 0.77 2.14 $12.07 $25,110
New York 2,900 0.35 0.96 $12.91 $26,850
Florida 2,400 0.34 0.94 $11.45 $23,820




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)
New Jersey 2,920 0.77 2.14 $12.07 $25,110
Utah 880 0.76 2.12 $10.30 $21,430
Idaho 420 0.71 1.96 $11.12 $23,130
Maryland 1,490 0.60 1.67 $12.05 $25,070
Louisiana 1,070 0.58 1.61 $10.52 $21,880




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 50 0.15 0.40 $15.97 $33,210
Vermont 70 0.23 0.65 $15.83 $32,920
Hawaii 90 0.16 0.45 $14.69 $30,550
Massachusetts 790 0.25 0.70 $14.09 $29,300
District of Columbia 70 0.12 0.32 $13.97 $29,060

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 2,000 0.40 1.11 $12.22 $25,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,720 0.45 1.25 $13.73 $28,550
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,480 0.42 1.16 $11.50 $23,920
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,010 1.05 2.90 $11.32 $23,540
Baltimore-Towson, MD 780 0.63 1.74 $11.51 $23,940
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 770 0.81 2.24 $12.34 $25,670
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 760 0.42 1.17 $14.05 $29,220
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 650 0.54 1.50 $14.25 $29,630
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 600 0.44 1.21 $13.17 $27,390
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 560 0.23 0.62 $11.91 $24,770




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)
Wichita Falls, TX 100 1.87 5.18 $9.31 $19,360
Lewiston, ID-WA 40 1.58 4.38 $10.63 $22,120
Abilene, TX 90 1.52 4.20 $8.81 $18,330
Redding, CA 90 1.52 4.20 $12.33 $25,650
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 320 1.48 4.10 $9.97 $20,730
Chico, CA 100 1.44 3.97 $10.84 $22,540
San Angelo, TX 60 1.33 3.67 $9.46 $19,680
Bend, OR 80 1.28 3.54 $11.62 $24,170
St. George, UT 60 1.22 3.38 $11.05 $22,980
Lawton, OK 50 1.22 3.38 $9.28 $19,310




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)
Worcester, MA-CT 60 0.23 0.64 $18.72 $38,940
Evansville, IN-KY 80 0.45 1.25 $16.84 $35,020
Burlington-South Burlington, VT (8) (8) (8) $16.14 $33,560
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 330 0.38 1.06 $16.13 $33,540
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 80 0.17 0.46 $15.45 $32,130
Danbury, CT 60 0.97 2.68 $15.15 $31,520
Salinas, CA 60 0.42 1.16 $14.82 $30,820
Cumberland, MD-WV 40 0.98 2.71 $14.81 $30,800
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 490 0.43 1.19 $14.72 $30,620
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 30 0.45 1.25 $14.50 $30,150

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)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 280 1.01 2.80 $9.63 $20,040
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 220 0.59 1.64 $11.55 $24,030
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 210 0.88 2.43 $9.35 $19,440
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 170 1.23 3.40 $9.96 $20,710
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 140 0.74 2.04 $11.53 $23,980

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)
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area 110 1.38 3.83 $10.09 $20,980
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 170 1.23 3.40 $9.96 $20,710
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 280 1.01 2.80 $9.63 $20,040
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.96 2.65 $11.84 $24,630
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.92 2.55 $11.70 $24,340

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)
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 1.34 $14.93 $31,060
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 0.72 $14.78 $30,730
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.28 0.76 $14.51 $30,170
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.15 $29,430
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.99 $29,100


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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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