Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
7,570 8.6 % $14.95 $31,090 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.53 $10.96 $13.37 $16.86 $23.53
Annual Wage (2) $19,820 $22,800 $27,800 $35,060 $48,950


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 2,770 0.34 $13.57 $28,220
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,380 0.03 $16.23 $33,750
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 1,190 0.07 $16.63 $34,600
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 590 0.24 $13.48 $28,030
Individual and Family Services 240 0.02 $12.30 $25,580

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 2,770 0.34 $13.57 $28,220
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 590 0.24 $13.48 $28,030
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 1,190 0.07 $16.63 $34,600
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 140 0.04 $11.59 $24,110
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,380 0.03 $16.23 $33,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 110 0.01 $25.20 $52,410
Outpatient Care Centers 90 0.01 $18.35 $38,160
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 100 0.01 $17.91 $37,240
Local Government (OES Designation) 70 (7) $17.53 $36,470
State Government (OES Designation) 80 (7) $17.40 $36,190


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 1,430 0.24 4.44 $12.34 $25,670
California 810 0.05 0.95 $19.49 $40,530
Pennsylvania 670 0.12 2.14 $13.29 $27,640
Texas 590 0.05 0.92 $13.51 $28,100
New York 400 0.04 0.81 $15.35 $31,930




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 1,430 0.24 4.44 $12.34 $25,670
Pennsylvania 670 0.12 2.14 $13.29 $27,640
Massachusetts 390 0.12 2.10 $15.94 $33,150
District of Columbia 70 0.11 1.92 $21.24 $44,170
North Dakota 50 0.10 1.85 $17.88 $37,190




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 70 0.11 1.92 $21.24 $44,170
Florida 110 0.01 0.26 $19.69 $40,950
California 810 0.05 0.95 $19.49 $40,530
Kansas 40 0.03 0.53 $18.25 $37,960
North Dakota 50 0.10 1.85 $17.88 $37,190





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-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.34 6.11 $12.02 $25,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.07 1.25 $16.28 $33,870
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 170 0.03 0.48 $13.99 $29,090
Pittsburgh, PA 140 0.13 2.30 $13.35 $27,770
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 140 0.14 2.46 $12.95 $26,930
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 130 0.04 0.82 $13.76 $28,620
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 130 0.05 0.96 $14.74 $30,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 130 0.05 0.95 $17.80 $37,020
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 120 0.05 0.92 $13.97 $29,060
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 110 0.77 14.08 $12.47 $25,940




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)
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 110 0.77 14.08 $12.47 $25,940
Worcester, MA-CT 100 0.35 6.45 $16.30 $33,900
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.34 6.11 $12.02 $25,000
Rockford, IL 50 0.32 5.86 $15.09 $31,380
El Paso, TX 50 0.16 2.98 $12.97 $26,970
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 60 0.16 2.94 $12.65 $26,310
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 140 0.14 2.46 $12.95 $26,930
Pittsburgh, PA 140 0.13 2.30 $13.35 $27,770
Salt Lake City, UT 80 0.12 2.13 $15.08 $31,370
Fresno, CA 40 0.12 2.12 $18.09 $37,630




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)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $29.08 $60,490
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.70 $21.02 $43,720
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.04 0.78 $20.08 $41,760
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 90 0.07 1.27 $18.74 $38,970
Fresno, CA 40 0.12 2.12 $18.09 $37,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 130 0.05 0.95 $17.80 $37,020
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.09 1.73 $17.05 $35,460
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI (8) (8) (8) $16.68 $34,700
Worcester, MA-CT 100 0.35 6.45 $16.30 $33,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.07 1.25 $16.28 $33,870

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)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 7.81 $12.96 $26,950

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)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 7.81 $12.96 $26,950

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)
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.64 $30,450
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 7.81 $12.96 $26,950
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $9.77 $20,320


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016