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Physical Therapy Assistant Pay in California – CA

Salaries for physical therapy assistants in California are much higher than in other states.  In fact, California is the highest paying state in the country for PTAs.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2008 that the annual mean wage for physical therapist assistants was $55,730.  The average across the United States is only $46,300.  Hourly pay in California for PTAs ranges from $17.72-$34.80. 

Physical Therapist Assistant Salaries in California

According to indeed.com, the average California physical therapy assistant salary ranges from $40,000-$70,000.  However, there are some listed for over $100,000!  The geographic locations and the years of experience are key factors in determining what jobs and salaries you are most eligible for.  Below are the average salaries for jobs current available in some of California’s largest cities, all extremely above average! 

Anaheim – $87,000
Antioch – $94,000
Bakersfield – $ 88,000
Berkeley – $107,000
Beverly Hills - $95,000
Burbank – $94,000
Chula Vista – $87,000
Concord – $108,000
Corona – $85,000
Costa Mesa – $88,000
Daly City – $111,000
Downey – $93,000
El Monte – $87,000
Elk Grove – $89,000
Escondido – $83,000
Fairfield – $88,000
Fontana – $79,000
Fremont – $107,000
Fresno – $84,000
Fullerton – $87,000
Garden Grove – $92,000
Glendale – $94,000
Hayward – $110,000
Huntington Beach – $88,000
Inglewood – $94,000
Irvine – $85,000
Lancaster – $87,000
Long Beach – $94,000
Los Angeles – $95,000
Modesto – $86,000
Moreno Valley – $78,000
Norwalk – $93,000
Oakland – $108,000
Oceanside – $79,000
Ontario – $79,000
Orange – $86,000
Oxnard – $83,000
Palmdale – $89,000
Pasadena – $93,000
Pomona – $79,000
Rancho Cucamonga – $78,000
Richmond – $107,000
Riverside – $87,000
Roseville – $88,000
Sacramento – $88,000
Salinas – $87,000
San Bernardino – $77,000
San Buenaventura – $83,000
San Diego – $86,000
San Francisco – $109,000
San Jose – $109,000
Santa Ana – $86,000
Santa Clara – $108,000
Santa Clarita – $99,000
Santa Rosa – $87,000
Simi Valley – $100,000
Stockton – $86,000
Sunnyvale – $107,000
Thousand Oaks – $90,000
Torrance – $94,000
Vallejo – $108,000
Visalia – $81,000
West Covina – $85,000

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www.indeed.com

Professional Organizations for California Physical Therapist Assistants

There are no organizations in California specifically for physical therapist assistants.  However, the following associations are open to PTAs and can assist them with questions they may have about entering the field, obtaining a license, and continuing education. 

  • American Physical Therapy Association

1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
Phone:  703-683-6748
Toll Free: 800-999-2782
Fax:  703-684-7343
Website: www.apta.org

  • California Physical Therapy Association

2880 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 140
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: 916-929-2782 
Toll Free: 800-743-2782 
Fax: 916-646-5960 
Website: www.ccapta.org

  • Physical Therapy Board of California

2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1350 
Sacramento, CA 95815
Telephone: 916-561-8200 
Fax: 916-263-2560
Website:  www.ptbc.ca.gov

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