Occupational Employment Statistics


31-2022 Physical Therapist Aides

Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 205$18.35/hr$13.55/hr$14.88/hr$17.80/hr$21.26/hr$24.93/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services230$18.34/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Southeast Minnesota N/A$15.39/hr17.0%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/A$18.66/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 10$18.18/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 10$17.72/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 10$15.87/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 10$24.06/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 20$17.51/hr12.8%
Northwest Minnesota 20$17.80/hr18.2%
Central Minnesota 30$17.66/hr17.6%
Southwest Minnesota 40$18.28/hr8.6%
Southeast Balance of State 40$15.26/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 60$11.93/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 150$19.40/hr20.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 160$19.11/hrN/A
Minnesota 280$18.66/hr16.3%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Physical Therapist Assistants 1,590$27.50/hr18.6%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 690$25.26/hr19.2%
Occupational Therapy Aides 40$17.14/hrN/A
Phlebotomists 1,610$18.44/hr26.2%

  • Clean and organize work area and disinfect equipment after treatment.
  • Record treatment given and equipment used.
  • Instruct, motivate, safeguard, or assist patients practicing exercises or functional activities, under direction of medical staff.
  • Change linens, such as bed sheets and pillow cases.
  • Maintain equipment or furniture to keep it in good working condition, including performing the assembly or disassembly of equipment or accessories.
  • Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, or heat, light, sound, water, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.
  • Observe patients during treatment to compile and evaluate data on patients' responses and progress and report to physical therapist.
  • Schedule patient appointments with physical therapists and coordinate therapists' schedules.
  • Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, or coordinating treatment.
  • Perform clerical duties, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, or filling out forms.