Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

31-2022 Physical Therapist Aides

Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.


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)
48,700 2.0 % $12.22 $25,410 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.43 $9.68 $11.48 $13.94 $17.03
Annual Wage (2) $17,540 $20,130 $23,880 $29,000 $35,420


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 26,130 3.63 $11.58 $24,090
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,340 0.16 $13.11 $27,260
Offices of Physicians 4,070 0.17 $11.53 $23,980
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 3,530 0.21 $13.53 $28,140
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,450 1.07 $12.85 $26,730

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 26,130 3.63 $11.58 $24,090
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,450 1.07 $12.85 $26,730
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 3,530 0.21 $13.53 $28,140
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 420 0.18 $19.31 $40,170
Offices of Physicians 4,070 0.17 $11.53 $23,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 420 0.18 $19.31 $40,170
Employment Services (8) (8) $18.05 $37,540
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $16.06 $33,410
Home Health Care Services 390 0.03 $15.98 $33,230
Elementary and Secondary Schools 40 (7) $15.40 $32,040


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)
California 5,990 0.42 1.12 $13.11 $27,260
Texas 4,990 0.47 1.26 $11.20 $23,300
New Jersey 3,340 0.88 2.36 $12.35 $25,680
New York 3,150 0.37 0.99 $13.09 $27,220
Illinois 2,520 0.45 1.20 $13.17 $27,380




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)
New Jersey 3,340 0.88 2.36 $12.35 $25,680
Utah 980 0.82 2.18 $9.82 $20,420
Louisiana 1,360 0.73 1.95 $10.66 $22,180
Nebraska 630 0.69 1.84 $10.72 $22,290
Delaware 280 0.69 1.84 $11.35 $23,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 70 0.23 0.61 $16.92 $35,200
Vermont 40 0.14 0.38 $16.05 $33,380
Colorado 580 0.26 0.69 $14.52 $30,200
District of Columbia 60 0.10 0.26 $14.30 $29,740
Wisconsin 500 0.19 0.50 $14.21 $29,560





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,050 0.40 1.06 $12.66 $26,340
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,550 0.43 1.14 $11.67 $24,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,460 0.38 1.01 $12.71 $26,440
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,180 1.22 3.26 $11.86 $24,660
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.56 1.49 $12.92 $26,870
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,000 0.48 1.27 $12.60 $26,210
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,000 1.05 2.80 $13.02 $27,070
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 940 0.67 1.78 $14.50 $30,160
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 900 0.74 1.98 $13.13 $27,320
Baltimore-Towson, MD 890 0.70 1.88 $11.16 $23,210




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)
Lewiston, ID-WA 40 1.56 4.19 $10.98 $22,840
Wichita Falls, TX 90 1.55 4.15 $8.95 $18,610
San Angelo, TX 60 1.40 3.74 $9.89 $20,570
Provo-Orem, UT 240 1.35 3.60 $8.95 $18,620
Auburn-Opelika, AL 60 1.23 3.30 $9.82 $20,420
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,180 1.22 3.26 $11.86 $24,660
Chico, CA 80 1.22 3.25 $11.76 $24,470
Merced, CA 70 1.21 3.23 $11.24 $23,380
Macon, GA 110 1.20 3.21 $11.35 $23,600
St. George, UT 50 1.10 2.93 $10.40 $21,630