Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
32,230 2.0 % $27.53 $57,260 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.51 $22.20 $27.38 $32.91 $36.92
Annual Wage (2) $36,420 $46,170 $56,950 $68,450 $76,790


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 13,340 1.72 $28.36 $59,000
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,970 0.36 $29.23 $60,790
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,070 0.08 $24.50 $50,970
Home Health Care Services 1,930 0.15 $32.30 $67,180
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,610 0.02 $22.50 $46,800

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 13,340 1.72 $28.36 $59,000
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,200 0.49 $26.17 $54,430
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,970 0.36 $29.23 $60,790
Home Health Care Services 1,930 0.15 $32.30 $67,180
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 200 0.09 $22.99 $47,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 1,930 0.15 $32.30 $67,180
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 110 0.04 $30.65 $63,760
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,970 0.36 $29.23 $60,790
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 570 0.07 $28.52 $59,330
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 13,340 1.72 $28.36 $59,000


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 3,230 0.29 1.21 $33.95 $70,610
Pennsylvania 2,480 0.44 1.84 $23.38 $48,640
Ohio 2,390 0.46 1.93 $27.52 $57,240
New York 2,160 0.25 1.03 $25.55 $53,150
California 1,810 0.12 0.50 $32.01 $66,580



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 2,390 0.46 1.93 $27.52 $57,240
Pennsylvania 2,480 0.44 1.84 $23.38 $48,640
Massachusetts 1,190 0.36 1.51 $26.53 $55,190
Missouri 940 0.35 1.48 $26.78 $55,710
Indiana 1,010 0.35 1.45 $26.75 $55,640



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 210 0.18 0.74 $48.20 $100,260
Texas 3,230 0.29 1.21 $33.95 $70,610
California 1,810 0.12 0.50 $32.01 $66,580
Maryland 540 0.21 0.88 $31.42 $65,350
New Jersey 320 0.08 0.35 $30.79 $64,040




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 1,600 0.71 2.99 $34.31 $71,370
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 840 0.22 0.94 $28.86 $60,020
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 830 0.15 0.64 $28.27 $58,810
Pittsburgh, PA 730 0.65 2.71 $22.86 $47,540
St. Louis, MO-IL 610 0.46 1.95 $25.96 $54,000
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 570 0.31 1.29 $21.88 $45,510
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 480 0.26 1.10 $20.09 $41,780
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 410 0.23 0.97 $27.04 $56,230
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 400 0.39 1.65 $27.64 $57,490
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 400 0.30 1.26 $31.48 $65,480



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 2.97 12.46 $27.64 $57,490
New Bedford, MA 100 1.54 6.46 $28.58 $59,450
Cumberland, MD-WV 50 1.49 6.24 $26.52 $55,160
Pueblo, CO 70 1.21 5.07 $20.39 $42,400
Altoona, PA 70 1.20 5.04 $19.75 $41,080
Canton-Massillon, OH 180 1.10 4.62 $26.47 $55,060
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 210 0.97 4.09 $24.48 $50,920
Wilmington, NC 130 0.91 3.82 $25.76 $53,580
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 40 0.88 3.68 $26.31 $54,720
Topeka, KS 100 0.86 3.62 $31.72 $65,980



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)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 190 0.22 0.92 $49.87 $103,730
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 160 0.17 0.70 $38.28 $79,630
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 30 0.25 1.04 $37.82 $78,660
Tyler, TX 60 0.59 2.48 $36.99 $76,930
Reading, PA 80 0.46 1.92 $36.74 $76,410
Corpus Christi, TX 90 0.51 2.13 $35.99 $74,860
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 120 0.14 0.59 $35.91 $74,690
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 50 0.29 1.22 $35.88 $74,630
El Paso, TX 70 0.24 1.00 $35.43 $73,690
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 390 0.26 1.09 $34.49 $71,740

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)
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.60 2.50 $27.35 $56,900
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 0.92 3.85 $30.01 $62,420
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 140 0.58 2.43 $26.05 $54,190
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 130 0.84 3.51 $26.64 $55,420
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 120 0.95 3.97 $30.08 $62,570

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)
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 120 0.95 3.97 $30.08 $62,570
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 0.92 3.85 $30.01 $62,420
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 110 0.84 3.54 $30.78 $64,020
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 130 0.84 3.51 $26.64 $55,420
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 100 0.73 3.05 $32.36 $67,300

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 40 0.15 0.65 $33.84 $70,380
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 100 0.73 3.05 $32.36 $67,300
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 110 0.84 3.54 $30.78 $64,020
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 120 0.95 3.97 $30.08 $62,570
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 0.92 3.85 $30.01 $62,420


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.

(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