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 20072$26.25/hr$21.48/hr$23.73/hr$26.70/hr$29.35/hr$30.97/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services1,560$27.51/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$25.41/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/A$26.83/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/A$27.53/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 30$25.72/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 40$23.60/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 50$24.36/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$23.71/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 60$24.76/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 80$28.02/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 90$27.23/hr14.1%
Southwest Balance of State 90$25.23/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 130$24.67/hr12.3%
Central Minnesota 140$25.07/hr28.0%
Northwest Minnesota 200$26.70/hr13.0%
Southeast Minnesota 220$25.94/hr15.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 780$28.28/hr17.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 850$28.18/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,590$27.50/hr18.6%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Physical Therapists 4,670$41.10/hr17.8%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 690$25.26/hr19.2%
Physical Therapist Aides 280$18.66/hr16.3%
Medical Assistants 9,950$20.35/hr25.3%
Registered Nurses 71,000$38.16/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.