Occupational therapy assistants & aides

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Total Workforce

25.6k

Average Age

39.1

Estimated Job Growth

28.2%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$39,265

Average Male Salary

$43,700

Average Female Salary

$38,750

About

Occupational therapy assistants & aides are most often employed by the Nursing Care Facilities industry. The average yearly wage for Occupational therapy assistants & aides was $39,265 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Occupational therapy assistants & aides by wage are Paving, surfacing, & tamping equipment operators, Reservation & transportation ticket agents & travel clerks, and Photographers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Occupational therapy assistants & aides are . The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Occupational therapy assistants & aides are .

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Occupational therapy assistants & aides and on wages and locations for those in the field. Nursing Care Facilities 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 Offices of other health practitioners. Occupational therapy assistants & aides are paid most in false but are relatively concentrated in false.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$39,265

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,909

In 2017, Occupational therapy assistants & aides earned an average of $39,265, $12,800 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Paving, surfacing, & tamping equipment operators make somewhat more than Occupational therapy assistants & aides while Photographers 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

0.254

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Occupational therapy assistants & aides had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.254, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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

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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Occupational therapy assistants & aides, by number of employees, are Nursing Care Facilities, Outpatient care centers, and Hospitals.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Occupational therapy assistants & aides, by average wage, are Offices of other health practitioners, Hospitals, and Nursing Care Facilities.

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Industries by Share

25.6k

2017 Workforce

± 3,924

20.8%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 18.9%

The number of people employed as Occupational therapy assistants & aides has been growing at a rate of 20.8%, from 21,162 people in 2016 to 25,554 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Occupational therapy assistants & aides employed by various industries. Nursing Care Facilities employs the largest share of Occupational therapy assistants & aides at  32%, followed by Outpatient care centers with 28.6% and Hospitals with 9.25%.

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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 36.8 and of female Occupational therapy assistants & aides is 39.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Occupational therapy assistants & aides is White.

Gender Composition

2.66k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 1,266

22.9k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 3,715

89.6% of Occupational therapy assistants & aides are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Occupational therapy assistants & aides.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Occupational therapy assistants & aides

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

87.8% of Occupational therapy assistants & aides are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.15% of Occupational therapy assistants & aides, Black 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 Gender

36.8

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 6.58

39.4

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.9

The median age of Occupational therapy assistants & aides is 39.1, and Male employees are generally 2.62 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.

Majors

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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 Active Listening and Social Perceptiveness. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Occupational therapy assistants & aides need more than the average amount of Operation Monitoring, Negotiation, and Social Perceptiveness.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Occupational therapy assistants & aides from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Occupational therapy assistants & aides are expected to see a growth of 28.2% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

28.2%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Occupational therapy assistants & aides. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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