Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
8,570 8.1 % $13.96 $29,040 2.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.81 $9.98 $12.76 $15.88 $21.27
Annual Wage (2) $18,330 $20,750 $26,550 $33,030 $44,240


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 3,210 0.41 $12.11 $25,200
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,550 0.03 $15.80 $32,870
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 1,320 0.08 $15.28 $31,780
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 880 0.36 $13.95 $29,020
Elementary and Secondary Schools 320 0.00 $15.03 $31,250

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 3,210 0.41 $12.11 $25,200
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 880 0.36 $13.95 $29,020
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 1,320 0.08 $15.28 $31,780
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 160 0.05 $14.44 $30,030
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,550 0.03 $15.80 $32,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 70 0.01 $23.77 $49,440
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,550 0.03 $15.80 $32,870
State Government (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $15.68 $32,620
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 130 0.02 $15.66 $32,570
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 1,320 0.08 $15.28 $31,780


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)
Illinois 1,290 0.22 3.51 $10.85 $22,580
California 880 0.06 0.92 $18.13 $37,710
Michigan 730 0.18 2.81 $14.77 $30,720
Massachusetts 640 0.19 3.02 $15.89 $33,050
Pennsylvania 600 0.11 1.66 $13.50 $28,090




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)
Illinois 1,290 0.22 3.51 $10.85 $22,580
South Carolina 390 0.21 3.31 $12.83 $26,690
Massachusetts 640 0.19 3.02 $15.89 $33,050
Michigan 730 0.18 2.81 $14.77 $30,720
West Virginia 110 0.16 2.49 $13.70 $28,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 40 0.06 0.96 $21.42 $44,560
California 880 0.06 0.92 $18.13 $37,710
Ohio 90 0.02 0.28 $17.51 $36,420
New York 310 0.04 0.56 $16.95 $35,260
North Dakota 40 0.09 1.43 $16.89 $35,140





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 1,110 0.30 4.66 $10.29 $21,410
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 380 0.93 14.58 $16.53 $34,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.08 1.34 $16.44 $34,190
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 250 0.14 2.14 $13.45 $27,980
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 180 0.58 9.17 $13.88 $28,860
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.10 1.53 $15.09 $31,390
Worcester, MA-CT 140 0.57 8.93 $15.10 $31,400
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 140 0.08 1.23 $16.04 $33,370
Pittsburgh, PA 130 0.11 1.76 $13.86 $28,820
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 120 0.02 0.35 $16.86 $35,070




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)
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 380 0.93 14.58 $16.53 $34,380
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 180 0.58 9.17 $13.88 $28,860
Worcester, MA-CT 140 0.57 8.93 $15.10 $31,400
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.30 4.66 $10.29 $21,410
Lafayette, LA 40 0.23 3.59 $12.13 $25,240
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 60 0.19 2.97 $13.62 $28,320
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 250 0.14 2.14 $13.45 $27,980
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 30 0.13 2.13 $10.19 $21,200
El Paso, TX 40 0.13 2.12 $12.88 $26,790
Fresno, CA 40 0.12 1.94 $16.94 $35,230




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 70 0.03 0.47 $18.87 $39,260
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 1.02 $18.65 $38,780
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.57 $17.89 $37,210
Fresno, CA 40 0.12 1.94 $16.94 $35,230
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 120 0.02 0.35 $16.86 $35,070
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 40 0.05 0.85 $16.82 $34,990
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $16.75 $34,840
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 380 0.93 14.58 $16.53 $34,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.08 1.34 $16.44 $34,190
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 30 0.09 1.44 $16.23 $33,760


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015