Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

31-2012 Occupational Therapy Aides

Under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing patient and treatment room.


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)
7,090 4.2 % $15.28 $31,770 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.99 $10.66 $13.56 $18.04 $24.73
Annual Wage (2) $18,700 $22,180 $28,200 $37,520 $51,430


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 1,770 0.26 $15.32 $31,860
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,310 0.03 $15.24 $31,710
Nursing Care Facilities 1,060 0.06 $16.97 $35,290
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 820 0.37 $14.35 $29,840
Elementary and Secondary Schools 410 0.00 $15.21 $31,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 820 0.37 $14.35 $29,840
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,770 0.26 $15.32 $31,860
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 250 0.08 $11.30 $23,500
Nursing Care Facilities 1,060 0.06 $16.97 $35,290
Individual and Family Services 340 0.03 $11.98 $24,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 130 0.01 $21.91 $45,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 80 (7) $19.41 $40,380
Nursing Care Facilities 1,060 0.06 $16.97 $35,290
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 60 0.03 $16.67 $34,680
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,770 0.26 $15.32 $31,860


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 940 0.07 1.21 $15.70 $32,650
Massachusetts 620 0.20 3.56 $15.80 $32,860
Illinois 520 0.09 1.70 $16.31 $33,910
Pennsylvania 440 0.08 1.45 $15.46 $32,160
New York 350 0.04 0.76 $16.22 $33,740




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)
Massachusetts 620 0.20 3.56 $15.80 $32,860
New Mexico 110 0.14 2.51 $13.72 $28,540
Idaho 80 0.14 2.58 $8.90 $18,520
Wisconsin 240 0.09 1.66 $14.78 $30,740
Michigan 340 0.09 1.62 $19.03 $39,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island (8) (8) (8) $22.31 $46,410
Connecticut 60 0.04 0.67 $21.68 $45,090
Michigan 340 0.09 1.62 $19.03 $39,590
Ohio 310 0.06 1.13 $18.27 $37,990
Oklahoma 70 0.04 0.81 $18.13 $37,720





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-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 360 0.10 1.81 $18.02 $37,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.07 1.32 $13.70 $28,500
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 260 0.15 2.78 $14.36 $29,870
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.03 0.59 $15.12 $31,450
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 150 0.07 1.22 $12.58 $26,160
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 140 0.08 1.42 $16.45 $34,210
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 120 0.12 2.14 $15.01 $31,220
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 120 0.14 2.61 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 100 0.04 0.81 $16.10 $33,490
St. Louis, MO-IL 90 0.07 1.23 $17.50 $36,400




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 260 0.15 2.78 $14.36 $29,870
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 120 0.14 2.61 (8) (8)
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 120 0.12 2.14 $15.01 $31,220
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 60 0.11 1.98 $22.03 $45,830
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 360 0.10 1.81 $18.02 $37,470
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 90 0.09 1.58 $13.67 $28,440
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 140 0.08 1.42 $16.45 $34,210
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 1.45 $21.58 $44,890
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 80 0.08 1.52 $15.18 $31,570
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 40 0.07 1.32 $22.42 $46,630




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)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.26 $50,450
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 40 0.07 1.32 $22.42 $46,630
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 60 0.11 1.98 $22.03 $45,830
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 1.45 $21.58 $44,890
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $19.98 $41,570
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.60 $19.93 $41,440
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 0.97 $19.14 $39,820
Springfield, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $18.12 $37,680
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 360 0.10 1.81 $18.02 $37,470
St. Louis, MO-IL 90 0.07 1.23 $17.50 $36,400

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)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 6.08 $14.58 $30,320

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)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 6.08 $14.58 $30,320

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.68 $38,850
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 6.08 $14.58 $30,320
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $11.08 $23,050
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $10.36 $21,540


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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