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Occupational Employment Statistics


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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southwest Minnesota 10014$28.25/hr$23.04/hr$23.86/hr$28.66/hr$31.21/hr$34.17/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Education and Health Services1,130$30.23/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$28.62/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 20$28.85/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$30.71/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$30.26/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 40$29.20/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 50$29.09/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 50$29.43/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 60$28.71/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 70$28.45/hr14.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 80$29.84/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 80$30.26/hr17.6%
Northwest Balance of State 90$29.39/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 100$28.66/hr25.6%
Southwest Balance of State 100$27.79/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 100$29.35/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 150$29.88/hr26.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 620$31.44/hr21.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 700$30.78/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,130$30.18/hr21.2%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Physical Therapists 4,430$45.73/hr13.8%
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 4,130$37.72/hr7.1%
Exercise Physiologists 130$31.24/hr11.7%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 630$28.80/hr24.4%
Occupational Therapy Aides N/AN/A2.7%
Medical Assistants 12,120$23.96/hr16.1%

  • 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.
  • Instruct patients in proper body mechanics and in ways to improve functional mobility, such as aquatic exercise.
  • Document patient information, such as notes on their progress.
  • Clean work area and check and store equipment after treatment.
  • Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment.
  • 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.
  • Prepare treatment areas and electrotherapy equipment for use by physiotherapists.
  • Monitor operation of equipment and record use of equipment and administration of treatment.