For Release: Monday, June 15, 2020
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Occupational Employment and Wages for Four Therapist Occupations in Selected
Metropolitan Areas in New York – May 2019
Among eight selected metropolitan areas located entirely or partially in New York, seven had annual wages
that were significantly below the national average for physical therapists and five had below-average wages
for occupational therapists, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Four areas had below-average
wages for speech-language pathologists, and two areas had below-average wages for respiratory therapists.
Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that New York-Newark-Jersey City was the only metropolitan
area to have an average annual wage significantly above the U.S. average for all four of the selected therapist
occupations. Nationwide, the average (mean) annual wage for physical therapists was $90,170; for speech-
language pathologists, $82,000; for occupational therapists, $86,210; and for respiratory therapists, $63,950.
(See table A. For comprehensive definitions of the New York metropolitan areas examined in this release,
please see Technical Note.).
Note: An asterisk indicates that the mean annual wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent
The New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan area had a combined employment of 50,110 for the four
selected therapist occupations. Employment in these four occupations combined was less than 3,400 in each of
the remaining selected metropolitan areas in New York. (See table B.)
Table A. Average (mean) annual wages for selected therapist occupations in the United States, New York, and
metropolitan areas in New York, May 2019