Occupational Employment Statistics


29-1122 Occupational Therapists

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 37083$35.67/hr$27.07/hr$31.15/hr$35.48/hr$39.61/hr$46.04/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services2,860$36.07/hr
Public Administration60$39.66/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Rochester MN MSA N/A$35.28/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 30$39.03/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 60$38.09/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 100$34.70/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 100$32.21/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 110$35.36/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 110$33.69/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 110$35.17/hr7.2%
St Cloud MN MSA 120$37.43/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 150$36.12/hr1.2%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 170$32.21/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 240$35.80/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 360$34.81/hr7.9%
Central Minnesota 370$37.40/hr17.0%
Northwest Minnesota 370$35.48/hr-6.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,780$36.19/hr14.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,900$36.20/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,960$36.08/hr11.0%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Physical Therapists 4,740$41.62/hr17.8%
Nurse Midwives 270$53.07/hr15.1%
Recreational Therapists 390$26.65/hr12.9%
Occupational Therapist Assistants 680$25.18/hr19.2%
Nurse Practitioners 3,880$56.52/hr27.8%
Athletic Trainers 740$50,180.75/yr20.5%
Physician Assistants 1,980$56.34/hr30.9%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 820$43.06/hrN/A
Exercise Physiologists 270$27.74/hr10.6%
Physical Therapist Assistants 1,780$26.99/hr18.6%

  • Complete and maintain necessary records.
  • Write reports or complete forms to document assessments, training, progress, or follow-up outcomes.
  • Recommend changes in patients' work or living environments, consistent with their needs and capabilities.
  • Teach cane skills, including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.
  • Train clients to use tactile, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and propioceptive information.
  • Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs or coordinate occupational therapy with other therapeutic activities.
  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients.
  • Teach clients to travel independently, using a variety of actual or simulated travel situations or exercises.
  • Select activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental or physical capabilities.
  • Assess clients' functioning in areas such as vision, orientation and mobility skills, social and emotional issues, cognition, physical abilities, and personal goals.