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 305$15.90/hr$12.75/hr$13.69/hr$15.13/hr$17.56/hr$21.83/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Education and Health Services290$17.78/hr
Public Administration10$22.00/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/A$18.25/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/A$18.03/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State 20$14.85/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$19.20/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 30$17.27/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 30$15.13/hr18.2%
Southeast Minnesota 30$16.80/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 30$17.54/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 30$15.27/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 40$15.86/hr8.6%
Central Minnesota 60$18.15/hr17.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 130$18.86/hr20.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 150$18.73/hrN/A
Minnesota 300$17.94/hr16.3%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Physical Therapist Assistants 1,780$26.99/hr18.6%
Occupational Therapist Assistants 680$25.18/hr19.2%
Occupational Therapist Aides 50$16.36/hrN/A
Nursing Assistants 31,640$16.54/hr5.8%
Phlebotomists 1,600$18.70/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.