Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

31-2021 Physical Therapist Assistants



Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 24065$25.67/hr$21.41/hr$23.12/hr$25.73/hr$28.66/hr$30.70/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services1,750$27.01/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Rochester MN MSA N/A$25.18/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 20$25.99/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 30$26.48/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 40$26.58/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$24.85/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 60$24.36/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 60$23.11/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 90$25.34/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 90$25.17/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 100$25.00/hr14.1%
Southwest Minnesota 110$24.81/hr12.3%
Northwest Balance of State 170$25.78/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 170$25.31/hr28.0%
Southeast Minnesota 180$25.42/hr15.6%
Northwest Minnesota 240$25.73/hr13.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 960$27.83/hr17.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,050$27.75/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,780$26.99/hr18.6%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Physical Therapists 4,740$41.62/hr17.8%
Occupational Therapist Assistants 680$25.18/hr19.2%
Physical Therapist Aides 300$17.94/hr16.3%
Medical Assistants 10,010$19.79/hr25.3%
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other 1,140$26.30/hr14.9%
Registered Nurses 69,000$38.12/hr11.1%


  • Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients as they practice exercises or functional activities.
  • Observe patients during treatments to compile and evaluate data on their responses and progress and provide results to physical therapist in person or through progress notes.
  • Perform clerical duties, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, or filling out forms.
  • Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, aquatic physical therapy, or heat, light, sound, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.
  • Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, or coordinating treatment.
  • Clean work area and check and store equipment after treatment.
  • Clean work area and check and store equipment after treatment.
  • Perform clerical duties, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, or filling out forms.
  • Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment.
  • Transport patients to and from treatment areas, lifting and transferring them according to positioning requirements.