How Much Does A Physical Therapy Assistant Make?

If you are interested in becoming a Physical Therapy Assistant (also referred to as PTA or Physical Therapist Assistant) then you will no doubt be interested to learn how much do Physical Therapy Assistants make? In this section we break down average PTA salaries in detail.

PTA Salary Overview

According to the most recent BLS Salary data available, as of November 2017, Physical Therapy Assistants earn an average salary of $56,610 per annum. The highest paid PTA’s earn an average salary of $79,040 whilst the average salary for an entry level PTA is $34,640.

Average salary for PTA’s $56,610
Average hourly wage for PTA’s $27.21
Top 10% of Earners $79,040
Bottom 10% of Earners $34,640

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Top paying States for Physical Therapy Assistants

The table below illustrates the States in which Physical Therapist Assistants earn the most – taking into consideration cost of living adjustments for each State.

StateSalaryAbove Average
Texas$72,820.0031.80%
Alaska$63,720.0015.33%
California$62,630.0013.36%
New Jersey$62,490.0013.10%
Florida$61,610.0011.51%

How much does a Physical Therapist Assistant make an hour?

The average hourly wage of a Physical Therapist Assistant in the US is $27.21 per hour (updated 2017).

Salary range for PTA’s

  • Average range across all States: From a low of $35,000 in South Dakota to a high of $73,000 in Texas. This represents a variance of over 100% in earnings, even taking into consideration cost of living adjustments.
  • Average range across Metro Areas: From a low of $xx,xxx in the , to a high of $xx,xxx in .
  • Top earners to bottom earners: Overall the bottom 10% of those working Physical Therapy Assistants earned an average of $32,640, whilst the top 10% earned more than double that at an average of $76,940.
  • The highest earners overall in the industry are those in , where the top 10% of PTA’s working there earn an average salary of $xx,xxx – xx% more than the national average.

Physical Therapy Assistant Salary by State

How much do Physical Therapist Assistants make in your area? Browse through the list below to find out the average PTA salary by State;

Physical Therapist Salary and Physical Therapist Aides Salary

How much do Physical Therapy Assistants make by comparison to a Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Aide?

Many schools allow for continuation of study to become a fully qualified Physical Therapist – so how much more could you earn if you should pursue this path now or in the future? Additionally working as a Physical Therapist Aide could be a good path towards a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant if you do not have the resources or desire to attend an accredited school. But how will your earnings be impacted?

Career Average Salary Hourly Wage #’s Employed
Physical Therapist Assistant $55,250 $26.56 81,230
Physical Therapist $85,790 $41.25 209,690
Physical Therapist Aide $27,440 $13.19 50,540

 

PTA average salary compared with similar careers

How much do PTA’s make compared with other careers? In the diagram below we compare salary levels for PTA’s with salaries for similar careers in the healthcare industry. As is quite visible PTA’s enjoy much higher entry level and overall salary growth than most other careers.
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PTA Employment Outlook

The news is good on the employment outlook also. The Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) project that employment of PTA’s will grow by a massive 30% between 2016 and 2024.

There are currently approximately 83,000 persons employed as Physical Therapist Assistants in the USA. This represents an almost 100% increase in employment since 2000. It is projected that a further 25,000 will be employed in the sector by 2024.

Much of the growth in demand for Physical Therapy Assistant comes from both an aging population and efforts by the Government and health services to become more efficient. More Physical Therapist Assistants to carry out the recommendations and prescribed treatments of a Physiotherapist will result in easier access to care and cost savings across the board.
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As all the evidence suggests, a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant offers great opportunity both in terms of employment growth and salary.  If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant then visit our guide – How to become a Physical Therapy Assistant.


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