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Occupational Employment Statistics


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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 8011$27.84/hr$23.36/hr$25.02/hr$28.67/hr$29.67/hr$31.04/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Education and Health Services640$30.29/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$28.09/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 20$28.69/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 30$28.69/hr9.1%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 30$29.12/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$30.23/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 40$29.83/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 40$28.11/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 40$30.08/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 50$30.08/hr7.9%
Southwest Balance of State 50$29.67/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 70$30.06/hr29.5%
Northwest Balance of State 70$29.24/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 80$28.67/hr29.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 350$30.68/hr27.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 390$30.70/hrN/A
Minnesota 640$30.30/hr24.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 13,870$29.15/hr6.6%
Physical Therapist Aides 110$18.79/hr11.8%
Occupational Therapists 3,070$42.02/hr11.3%
Occupational Therapy Aides N/AN/AN/A
Physical Therapist Assistants 1,320$30.22/hr21.2%
Physical Therapists 4,140$47.82/hr13.8%
Psychiatric Technicians 1,600$21.95/hr11.2%
Medical Assistants 11,840$24.23/hr16.1%
Recreational Therapists 230$32.09/hr13.1%
Special Education Teachers, All Other 220$65,541.68/yr7.0%

  • Perform clerical duties, such as scheduling appointments, collecting data, or documenting health insurance billings.
  • Evaluate the daily living skills or capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients.
  • Monitor patients' performance in therapy activities, providing encouragement.
  • Work under the direction of occupational therapists to plan, implement, or administer educational, vocational, or recreational programs that restore or enhance performance in individuals with functional impairments.
  • Assemble, clean, or maintain equipment or materials for patient use.
  • Communicate and collaborate with other healthcare professionals involved with the care of a patient.
  • Implement, or assist occupational therapists with implementing, treatment plans designed to help clients function independently.
  • Transport patients to and from the occupational therapy work area.
  • Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities.
  • Observe and record patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior and maintain this information in client records.