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
Southeast Minnesota 6029$23.54/hr$17.21/hr$20.02/hr$23.43/hr$27.54/hr$30.64/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services670$25.33/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$23.39/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 20$29.48/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 20$24.24/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$23.02/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 30$24.20/hr7.9%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 30$23.99/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$22.45/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 30$23.97/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 50$25.27/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 50$28.24/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 60$23.49/hr25.3%
Southeast Minnesota 60$23.43/hr9.4%
Northwest Balance of State 60$22.76/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 70$22.82/hr12.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 320$26.29/hr21.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 400$26.08/hrN/A
Minnesota 690$25.26/hr19.2%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Physical Therapist Assistants 1,590$27.50/hr18.6%
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 15,210$23.40/hr12.3%
Occupational Therapy Aides 40$17.14/hrN/A
Occupational Therapists 3,020$36.66/hr11.0%
Registered Nurses 71,000$38.16/hr11.1%
Physical Therapist Aides 280$18.66/hr16.3%
Physical Therapists 4,670$41.10/hr17.8%
Psychiatric Technicians N/A$17.22/hr11.4%
Medical Assistants 9,950$20.35/hr25.3%
Recreational Therapists 410$27.98/hr12.9%

  • 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.