Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
27,720 2.1 % $24.66 $51,300 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.92 $19.97 $24.52 $29.17 $34.03
Annual Wage (2) $33,110 $41,540 $51,010 $60,680 $70,790


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 9,700 1.46 $25.88 $53,840
Nursing Care Facilities 5,420 0.33 $26.32 $54,740
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,280 0.08 $22.71 $47,240
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,930 0.02 $21.22 $44,130
Home Health Care Services 1,280 0.12 $28.40 $59,080

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 9,700 1.46 $25.88 $53,840
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 910 0.43 $24.65 $51,270
Nursing Care Facilities 5,420 0.33 $26.32 $54,740
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 350 0.15 $21.90 $45,540
Home Health Care Services 1,280 0.12 $28.40 $59,080

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 0.01 $29.10 $60,540
Home Health Care Services 1,280 0.12 $28.40 $59,080
Employment Services 330 0.01 $27.90 $58,030
Nursing Care Facilities 5,420 0.33 $26.32 $54,740
Outpatient Care Centers 610 0.10 $25.99 $54,070


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 2,490 0.51 2.32 $24.45 $50,860
California 2,030 0.15 0.67 $28.89 $60,090
Texas 1,950 0.19 0.89 $30.01 $62,410
New York 1,950 0.23 1.07 $21.82 $45,390
Pennsylvania 1,940 0.36 1.63 $22.38 $46,550




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 2,490 0.51 2.32 $24.45 $50,860
Massachusetts 1,270 0.41 1.87 $23.44 $48,760
Indiana 1,000 0.37 1.67 $24.62 $51,200
Oklahoma 540 0.36 1.66 $21.18 $44,050
Rhode Island 160 0.36 1.63 $24.59 $51,140




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 200 0.18 0.80 $30.99 $64,470
Texas 1,950 0.19 0.89 $30.01 $62,410
New Jersey 370 0.10 0.45 $29.88 $62,160
Maryland 500 0.20 0.92 $29.65 $61,660
California 2,030 0.15 0.67 $28.89 $60,090

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-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 840 0.24 1.08 $25.47 $52,980
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 750 0.15 0.69 $25.02 $52,040
Pittsburgh, PA 690 0.63 2.90 $22.40 $46,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.14 0.66 $28.24 $58,740
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 530 0.26 1.21 $30.39 $63,210
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 500 0.52 2.39 $26.19 $54,480
St. Louis, MO-IL 470 0.38 1.72 $23.28 $48,430
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 460 0.28 1.27 $23.65 $49,190
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 450 0.18 0.83 $33.59 $69,870
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 450 0.47 2.15 $24.05 $50,030




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 50 1.35 6.17 $24.45 $50,850
Toledo, OH 310 1.10 5.03 $23.44 $48,760
Cumberland, MD-WV 40 1.07 4.92 $23.69 $49,280
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 50 1.00 4.59 $22.30 $46,380
Canton-Massillon, OH 130 0.82 3.77 $26.02 $54,120
Rocky Mount, NC 40 0.81 3.70 $28.01 $58,250
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 160 0.76 3.48 $25.11 $52,220
Fond du Lac, WI 30 0.76 3.46 $26.66 $55,450
Lynchburg, VA 70 0.73 3.34 $31.50 $65,520
Lawton, OK 30 0.72 3.31 $22.90 $47,630




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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 450 0.18 0.83 $33.59 $69,870
El Paso, TX 70 0.25 1.16 $33.38 $69,420
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 30 0.12 0.54 $33.26 $69,180
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 350 0.28 1.29 $33.16 $68,980
Lynchburg, VA 70 0.73 3.34 $31.50 $65,520
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 40 0.40 1.83 $31.25 $65,000
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 30 0.23 1.07 $31.25 $65,000
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 170 0.17 0.79 $31.21 $64,910
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 160 0.20 0.91 $30.64 $63,720
Baltimore-Towson, MD 330 0.26 1.20 $30.55 $63,540

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 130 0.59 2.72 $21.84 $45,430
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.56 2.56 $18.46 $38,400
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.99 4.55 $13.40 $27,870
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.52 2.38 $19.27 $40,080
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.67 3.07 $22.98 $47,790

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 Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.99 4.55 $13.40 $27,870
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.67 3.07 $22.98 $47,790
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.59 2.72 $21.84 $45,430
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 2.66 $14.00 $29,120
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.58 2.66 $23.31 $48,480

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 60 0.20 0.93 $32.00 $66,560
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.78 $61,940
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 1.34 $27.63 $57,480
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.37 1.70 $27.27 $56,720
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.05 $26.74 $55,620


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011