Occupational therapy assistants & aides

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
42.2k
Average Age
40.8
Average Salary
$39,537
Average Male Salary
$43,908
Average Female Salary
$38,750

About

Occupational therapy assistants & aides are most often employed by the Outpatient care centers industry. The average yearly wage for Occupational therapy assistants & aides was $39,537 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Occupational therapy assistants & aides by wage are Social & human service assistants, Carpet, floor, & tile installers & finishers, and Printing press operators.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Occupational therapy assistants & aides are Massillon City PUMA, OH, Muskingum & Perry Counties PUMA, OH, and Northern Mississippi Region PUMA, WI. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Occupational therapy assistants & aides are Muskingum & Perry Counties PUMA, OH, Massillon City PUMA, OH, and Tazewell County PUMA, IL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Occupational therapy assistants & aides and on wages and locations for those in the field. Outpatient care centers is the industry that employs the most Occupational therapy assistants & aides, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Occupational therapy assistants & aides, by average wage, is Other health care services. Occupational therapy assistants & aides are paid most in Somerset, Bedford & Fulton Counties PUMA, PA but are relatively concentrated in Muskingum & Perry Counties PUMA, OH.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$39,537
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,597

In 2020, Occupational therapy assistants & aides earned an average of $39,537, $16,417 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Social & human service assistants make somewhat more than Occupational therapy assistants & aides while Printing press operators make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Occupational therapy assistants & aides as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.256
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Occupational therapy assistants & aides had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.256, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Occupational therapy assistants & aides (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Occupational therapy assistants & aides.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Occupational therapy assistants & aides

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Occupational therapy assistants & aides.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Occupational therapy assistants & aides, by average wage, are Other health care services, National security & international affairs, and Nursing Care Facilities.

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Industries by Share

42.2k
2020 Workforce
± 5,042
22.2%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 14.6%

The number of people employed as Occupational therapy assistants & aides has been growing at a rate of 22.2%, from 34,532 people in 2019 to 42,191 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Occupational therapy assistants & aides employed by various industries. Outpatient care centers employs the largest share of Occupational therapy assistants & aides at  26.9%, followed by Nursing Care Facilities with 22.6% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 10.9%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Occupational therapy assistants & aides in the US. The average age of male Occupational therapy assistants & aides in the workforce is 39 and of female Occupational therapy assistants & aides is 41.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Occupational therapy assistants & aides is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

6.44k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 1,970
35.7k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,641

84.7% of Occupational therapy assistants & aides are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Occupational therapy assistants & aides.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Occupational therapy assistants & aides
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

70% of Occupational therapy assistants & aides are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.7% of Occupational therapy assistants & aides, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Occupational therapy assistants & aides.

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Age by Sex

39
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 3.87
41.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.64

The median age of Occupational therapy assistants & aides is 40.8, and Male employees are generally 2.04 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Occupational therapy assistants & aides from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Occupational therapy assistants & aides is Health but a relatively high number of Occupational therapy assistants & aides hold a major in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Occupational therapy assistants & aides from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational therapy assistants & aides need many skills, but most especially Service Orientation. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Occupational therapy assistants & aides need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Social Perceptiveness, and Learning Strategies.

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