Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
35,460 3.2 % $28.05 $58,340 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.48 $22.98 $27.82 $33.25 $37.54
Annual Wage (2) $38,440 $47,800 $57,870 $69,170 $78,080


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 14,870 1.85 $28.63 $59,540
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 6,740 0.41 $30.50 $63,450
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,140 0.08 $24.90 $51,800
Home Health Care Services 2,220 0.17 $32.03 $66,630
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,690 0.02 $22.97 $47,780

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 14,870 1.85 $28.63 $59,540
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,340 0.54 $26.01 $54,100
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 6,740 0.41 $30.50 $63,450
Home Health Care Services 2,220 0.17 $32.03 $66,630
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 240 0.10 $22.69 $47,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 2,220 0.17 $32.03 $66,630
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 6,740 0.41 $30.50 $63,450
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 150 0.05 $29.63 $61,630
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 540 0.06 $28.78 $59,870
Management of Companies and Enterprises 170 0.01 $28.71 $59,720


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)
Texas 3,840 0.33 1.29 $34.18 $71,100
Ohio 2,860 0.54 2.10 $27.68 $57,570
New York 2,370 0.26 1.03 $26.99 $56,130
Pennsylvania 2,300 0.40 1.56 $22.68 $47,170
Illinois 2,100 0.36 1.40 $28.65 $59,590




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 2,860 0.54 2.10 $27.68 $57,570
Rhode Island 220 0.46 1.78 $27.64 $57,480
Indiana 1,200 0.41 1.58 $27.55 $57,300
Pennsylvania 2,300 0.40 1.56 $22.68 $47,170
Missouri 1,030 0.38 1.48 $26.69 $55,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 160 0.13 0.51 $48.48 $100,830
Texas 3,840 0.33 1.29 $34.18 $71,100
New Jersey 340 0.09 0.34 $32.26 $67,100
Arkansas 200 0.17 0.66 $31.41 $65,340
Maryland 640 0.25 0.96 $30.60 $63,640





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 1,830 0.79 3.05 $33.66 $70,020
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,460 0.41 1.59 $29.74 $61,860
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.19 0.75 $30.16 $62,730
Pittsburgh, PA 630 0.55 2.15 $22.16 $46,090
St. Louis, MO-IL 570 0.43 1.68 $25.72 $53,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.12 0.48 $31.04 $64,570
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 490 0.51 2.00 $34.92 $72,640
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 470 0.45 1.76 $27.66 $57,520
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 430 0.42 1.63 $28.93 $60,180
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 420 0.31 1.20 $32.58 $67,770




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)
Gadsden, AL 100 2.76 10.71 $27.14 $56,440
Homosassa Springs, FL 80 2.46 9.57 $32.48 $67,550
Cumberland, MD-WV 60 1.63 6.34 $27.33 $56,850
Pueblo, CO 80 1.33 5.16 $23.78 $49,470
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 280 1.28 4.99 $25.02 $52,040
Leominster-Gardner, MA 50 1.08 4.21 $27.89 $58,020
Canton-Massillon, OH 180 1.08 4.21 $27.20 $56,570
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 210 1.06 4.11 $30.09 $62,600
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 40 1.05 4.08 $24.97 $51,930
Charleston, WV 110 0.98 3.82 $27.15 $56,470