Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants

Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. 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)
76,910 1.5 % $26.12 $54,330 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.31 $20.81 $26.16 $31.59 $36.31
Annual Wage (2) $31,840 $43,280 $54,410 $65,710 $75,530


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 34,060 4.40 $25.34 $52,700
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 15,460 0.29 $24.67 $51,320
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 8,630 0.52 $29.25 $60,840
Home Health Care Services 6,830 0.54 $30.20 $62,810
Offices of Physicians 4,290 0.17 $24.76 $51,500

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 34,060 4.40 $25.34 $52,700
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,400 0.97 $25.88 $53,820
Home Health Care Services 6,830 0.54 $30.20 $62,810
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 8,630 0.52 $29.25 $60,840
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 15,460 0.29 $24.67 $51,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 6,830 0.54 $30.20 $62,810
Employment Services 690 0.02 $29.83 $62,040
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 8,630 0.52 $29.25 $60,840
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 970 0.12 $27.79 $57,800
Outpatient Care Centers 960 0.14 $27.56 $57,330


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 5,760 0.51 0.90 $33.35 $69,370
Ohio 5,190 1.00 1.75 $27.59 $57,400
Florida 4,940 0.64 1.13 $28.99 $60,290
California 4,720 0.31 0.55 $31.18 $64,850
Pennsylvania 4,650 0.82 1.45 $21.79 $45,320



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)
West Virginia 840 1.19 2.08 $22.03 $45,830
Alabama 1,910 1.03 1.81 $25.29 $52,600
Ohio 5,190 1.00 1.75 $27.59 $57,400
Arkansas 1,130 0.97 1.71 $24.23 $50,400
Michigan 3,670 0.90 1.58 $21.13 $43,950



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 5,760 0.51 0.90 $33.35 $69,370
California 4,720 0.31 0.55 $31.18 $64,850
New Jersey 1,220 0.32 0.55 $29.63 $61,630
Alaska 50 0.16 0.29 $29.58 $61,520
Florida 4,940 0.64 1.13 $28.99 $60,290




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 2,210 0.59 1.04 $25.40 $52,840
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,740 0.78 1.37 $35.08 $72,960
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,640 0.30 0.53 $28.01 $58,260
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,460 0.79 1.38 $19.83 $41,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.29 0.51 $31.01 $64,500
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,170 1.02 1.80 $20.27 $42,160
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,130 0.86 1.52 $24.33 $50,600
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,000 0.55 0.96 $19.16 $39,860
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 970 0.96 1.68 $29.76 $61,890
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 880 0.31 0.54 $32.27 $67,120



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 140 4.07 7.15 $27.38 $56,940
Jonesboro, AR 140 2.70 4.74 $20.65 $42,950
Cumberland, MD-WV 80 2.32 4.07 $27.28 $56,750
New Bedford, MA 150 2.23 3.91 $29.51 $61,380
Pueblo, CO 120 2.14 3.75 $20.62 $42,890
Bowling Green, KY 120 2.05 3.61 $25.06 $52,120
Altoona, PA 120 2.04 3.59 $21.22 $44,140
Canton-Massillon, OH 330 1.99 3.50 $31.70 $65,940
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 160 1.86 3.28 $22.12 $46,010
Bay City, MI 70 1.86 3.27 $18.44 $38,360