Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

31-2011 Occupational Therapy Assistants

Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. 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)
29,500 2.2 % $25.52 $53,090 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.85 $20.47 $25.60 $30.81 $35.16
Annual Wage (2) $32,970 $42,580 $53,240 $64,080 $73,120


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 11,050 1.54 $26.31 $54,730
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,730 0.34 $27.65 $57,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,300 0.08 $23.70 $49,290
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,640 0.02 $21.64 $45,010
Home Health Care Services 1,340 0.11 $29.24 $60,820

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 11,050 1.54 $26.31 $54,730
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,130 0.49 $25.49 $53,010
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,730 0.34 $27.65 $57,520
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 630 0.27 $23.81 $49,520
Home Health Care Services 1,340 0.11 $29.24 $60,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 1,340 0.11 $29.24 $60,820
Employment Services 390 0.01 $27.95 $58,130
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,730 0.34 $27.65 $57,520
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 11,050 1.54 $26.31 $54,730
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,130 0.49 $25.49 $53,010


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 2,380 0.47 2.08 $25.74 $53,540
Texas 2,360 0.22 0.99 $29.83 $62,050
Pennsylvania 2,340 0.42 1.85 $21.96 $45,680
New York 2,020 0.24 1.04 $23.52 $48,910
California 1,880 0.13 0.58 $31.69 $65,920




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)
District of Columbia 330 0.50 2.20 $24.81 $51,600
Ohio 2,380 0.47 2.08 $25.74 $53,540
Pennsylvania 2,340 0.42 1.85 $21.96 $45,680
Massachusetts 1,320 0.41 1.82 $25.36 $52,740
Indiana 1,030 0.36 1.61 $25.26 $52,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 190 0.17 0.74 $36.74 $76,420
California 1,880 0.13 0.58 $31.69 $65,920
New Jersey 350 0.09 0.41 $29.96 $62,310
Delaware 70 0.18 0.81 $29.89 $62,170
Texas 2,360 0.22 0.99 $29.83 $62,050





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)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 780 0.37 1.64 $27.32 $56,820
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 770 0.15 0.66 $27.25 $56,690
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 710 0.19 0.86 $26.01 $54,090
Pittsburgh, PA 710 0.63 2.76 $22.56 $46,920
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.42 1.85 $34.23 $71,200
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 550 0.32 1.42 $24.78 $51,550
St. Louis, MO-IL 520 0.41 1.81 $24.77 $51,520
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 510 0.52 2.30 $26.35 $54,810
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 500 0.27 1.20 $19.54 $40,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 450 0.19 0.85 $26.57 $55,270




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)
Cumberland, MD-WV 80 2.22 9.81 $22.43 $46,660
Gadsden, AL 70 2.10 9.29 $28.01 $58,270
Pueblo, CO 70 1.33 5.89 $20.86 $43,380
Altoona, PA 70 1.28 5.64 $19.91 $41,420
New Bedford, MA 80 1.22 5.38 $27.79 $57,810
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 240 1.11 4.91 $24.41 $50,770
Cleveland, TN 40 0.95 4.19 $25.86 $53,790
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 40 0.78 3.44 $21.06 $43,800
Waterbury, CT 50 0.75 3.32 $27.78 $57,790
Laredo, TX 60 0.64 2.82 $29.52 $61,410




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)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 160 0.19 0.85 $37.47 $77,930
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 100 0.11 0.49 $36.71 $76,360
Reading, PA 80 0.48 2.11 $34.81 $72,390
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.42 1.85 $34.23 $71,200
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 0.37 $33.69 $70,070
Waco, TX 40 0.45 1.97 $33.28 $69,230
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 290 0.23 1.00 $33.25 $69,170
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.18 0.80 $32.64 $67,880
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 180 0.21 0.95 $32.27 $67,120
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 280 0.34 1.51 $32.11 $66,780

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 140 0.61 2.67 $23.37 $48,600
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.45 1.99 $23.95 $49,820
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.48 2.10 $23.23 $48,320
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.51 2.24 $19.64 $40,860
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.36 1.61 $24.64 $51,250

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 140 0.61 2.67 $23.37 $48,600
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 2.55 $22.19 $46,150
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.56 2.46 $27.34 $56,860
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 60 0.55 2.43 $26.64 $55,410
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.51 2.24 $19.64 $40,860

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 1.23 $33.45 $69,570
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.40 $29.50 $61,350
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.34 1.50 $28.97 $60,260
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.31 1.38 $28.93 $60,180
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.93 $28.17 $58,590


About May 2012 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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