Physical Therapy Assistant Pay
Physical therapy assistants (PTA) are among the highest paid individuals with just an associate’s degree. After only two years of education, PTAs can enter the job field and at entry level, depending on their geographic location and place of employment, earn as much as $50,000.
The median physical therapy assistant salary in the United States is $46,140. Annual physical therapy assistant pay, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, ranges from the lowest ten percent earning $28,580 or less to the highest earning PTAs in the country earning over $63,830. Hourly pay can vary from $13 an hour all the way up to $31 an hour. As with any job, the geographic location and the specific place of employment are key factors in figuring salary.
The highest paying states for physical therapy assistants are California ($55,730), Nevada ($54,070), Texas ($53,530), Florida ($50,270), and Tennessee ($49,840). The top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation are all located in California and Texas with annual mean wage topping out at $67,700 in Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California.
The top paying industries for this occupation are as follows, with the annual mean wage and annual hourly wage included:
- Home Health Care Services - $56,460, $27.14
- Employment Services - $51,890, $24.95
- Nursing Care Facilities - $50,070, $24.07
- Individual and Family Services - $49,340, $24.72
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services - $48,610, $23.37
- General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - $45,190, $21.73
- Health Practitioner Offices - $44,800, $21.54
- Physician Offices - $43,170, $20.76
The majority of physical therapy assistants work full-time. They receive benefits comparable to other healthcare professionals including insurance, pension, vacation, disability, and retirement. Bonuses may also be included in the salary package for some PTAs. In addition, some industries of employment, such as hospitals may offer signing bonuses or incentives.
Popular job listing sites, such as indeed.com and salary.com currently list jobs for physical therapy assistants with salaries that range from $34,000 all the way up to $80,000 for full-time workers. For a more specific salary report of what PTAs make in an exact state and place of employment, visit www.payscale.com.
Additional costs that may be associated with physical therapy assistants primarily will come from license renewal and continuing education. Most states require PTAs to renew their license biennially and complete a specific number of continuing education hours. State-to-state renewal requirements vary for physical therapy assistants, so to be sure you are fulfilling all that is required in order to renew your license to practice. If you are in doubt, or have any questions, contact either the state board of physical therapy or the state board of license and regulations.