Updated August 18, 2021
Average Physical Therapist Assistant Salary
$52,000 yearly
$25.23 hourly

Entry level Salary
$42,000 yearly
$42,000
10 %
$52,000
Median
$64,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$64,000
$5,333
$31
75th Percentile
$58,000
$4,833
$28
Average
$52,470
$4,373
$25
25th Percentile
$47,000
$3,917
$23
10th Percentile
$42,000
$3,500
$20

Average Physical Therapist Assistant Salary By State

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Physical Therapist Assistant average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$55,501
$26.68
Alaska
$53,539
$25.74
Arizona
$52,510
$25.25
Arkansas
$47,582
$22.88
California
$59,895
$28.80
Colorado
$57,133
$27.47
Connecticut
$57,797
$27.79
Delaware
$56,974
$27.39
District of Columbia
$56,071
$26.96
Florida
$46,346
$22.28
Georgia
$50,195
$24.13
Hawaii
$59,318
$28.52
Idaho
$54,602
$26.25
Illinois
$45,855
$22.05
Indiana
$49,917
$24.00
Iowa
$45,461
$21.86
Kansas
$45,552
$21.90
Kentucky
$56,886
$27.35
Louisiana
$46,487
$22.35
Maine
$55,369
$26.62
Maryland
$54,878
$26.38
Massachusetts
$57,333
$27.56
Michigan
$47,474
$22.82
Minnesota
$56,132
$26.99
Mississippi
$57,053
$27.43
Missouri
$56,722
$27.27
Montana
$55,740
$26.80
Nebraska
$56,705
$27.26
Nevada
$57,277
$27.54
New Hampshire
$56,565
$27.19
New Jersey
$53,702
$25.82
New Mexico
$48,853
$23.49
New York
$50,567
$24.31
North Carolina
$49,170
$23.64
North Dakota
$56,797
$27.31
Ohio
$57,879
$27.83
Oklahoma
$50,971
$24.51
Oregon
$59,240
$28.48
Pennsylvania
$58,921
$28.33
Rhode Island
$57,865
$27.82
South Carolina
$56,746
$27.28
South Dakota
$56,759
$27.29
Tennessee
$50,337
$24.20
Texas
$50,611
$24.33
Utah
$57,448
$27.62
Vermont
$55,191
$26.53
Virginia
$50,282
$24.17
Washington
$54,485
$26.19
West Virginia
$57,905
$27.84
Wisconsin
$50,351
$24.21
Wyoming
$55,191
$26.53

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Highest Paying Cities For Physical Therapist Assistant

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
San Francisco, CA
$62,177
$29.89
Salem, OR
$59,360
$28.54
Kahului, HI
$59,193
$28.46
Wallingford, CT
$57,860
$27.82
Boston, MA
$57,339
$27.57
Salem, NH
$56,775
$27.30

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How much does a Physical Therapist Assistant make?

The average physical therapist assistant salary is $52,470 per year, or $25.23 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $42,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $64,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Hawaii, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia provide the highest physical therapist assistant salaries.

Average Physical Therapist Assistant Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $52,500
    $25.23
    +1.1%
    2020
    $51,900
    $24.96
    +1.4%
    2019
    $51,200
    $24.60
    +2.5%
    2018
    $49,900
    $23.98
    +1.4%
    2017
    $49,200
    $23.65
    +1.9%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Rehab Technician

    Avg. salary: $25,393

    A rehab technician's role is to assist physical therapists and patients in a hospital or similar facility. Typically, their responsibilities revolve around gathering a patient's personal information and medical history, escorting them to corresponding rooms, and conducting initial tests and assessments. It is also essential to maintain records of all transactions, updating medical accounts promptly and accurately. Furthermore, a rehab technician may also perform basic treatments under the supervision of a physical therapist. There are also instances when they have to sanitize and clean therapy equipment, all in adherence to the facility's safety regulations and policies.
    40,553 Rehab Technician Jobs
    Rehabilitation Aide

    Avg. salary: $28,421

    A rehabilitation aide is responsible for assisting patients with injuries, mental disorders, and illnesses in their treatment plans and medications. Rehabilitation aides monitor the patients' progress and update attending physicians regarding their conditions. They also prepare treatment rooms, including the materials and equipment for the medical procedures, and discuss the process with the patients. A rehabilitation aide must be highly organizational, especially in attending to different patients' needs and ensuring the safety and security of all facilities and assets.
    31,517 Rehabilitation Aide Jobs
    Physical Therapy Technician

    Avg. salary: $16,250

    A physical therapy technician supports both the physical therapists and their physical therapy assistants in planning and implementing patient care. You are expected to perform varied duties and responsibilities that include responding to patients' requests for assistance, assisting with patient preparation before treatment, and maintaining the equipment used by the physical therapist during treatment sessions. In addition, you will be responsible for maintaining patient satisfaction and patient confidentiality. A physical therapy technician will also perform some administrative tasks such as overseeing inventory and scheduling appointments and treatments.
    57,146 Physical Therapy Technician Jobs
    Physical Therapist

    Avg. salary: $69,889

    Physical therapists are health care professionals who diagnose and treat patients with health conditions and limited ability to move and perform daily activities. They help in restoring physical function and mobility and teach how to properly use therapeutic exercise techniques. They also help promote overall wellness and encourage healthier and more active lifestyles. They design a recovery plan unique for every patient, provide treatment and therapy to help improve and manage their condition. They provide care to all kinds of individuals, from newborns to people at the end of their life.
    63,284 Physical Therapist Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Rehab Technician
    $25,393
    $2,116
    $12.21
    40,553
    Rehabilitation Aide
    $28,421
    $2,368
    $13.66
    31,517
    Physical Therapy Technician
    $16,250
    $1,354
    $7.81
    57,146
    Physical Therapist
    $69,890
    $5,824
    $33.60
    63,284
    Job Openings

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    Which Companies Pay Physical Therapist Assistants The Most?

    To earn a high income as a physical therapist assistant, working for Liberty HomeCare and Hospice or Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Intermountain Healthcare and Massachusetts General Hospital report highly competitive wages for physical therapist assistants.
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    Recently Added Physical Therapist Assistant Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Infinity Rehab
    PRN Physical Therapist Assistant
    PRN Physical Therapist Assistant
    Colorado Springs, CO
    08/31/2021
    $62,610
    08/31/2021
    Promedica Senior Care
    Physical Therapist Assistant-PTA--Tuesday-Saturday Schedule
    Physical Therapist Assistant-PTA--Tuesday-Saturday Schedule
    Golden, CO
    08/30/2021
    $50,088
    08/30/2021
    Interim Healthcare
    Physical Therapist Asst
    Physical Therapist Asst
    Sunrise, FL
    08/28/2021
    $50,000
    08/28/2021
    LHC Group
    Physical Therapist Assistant (Home Health)
    Physical Therapist Assistant (Home Health)
    Aurora, CO
    08/26/2021
    $60,000
    08/26/2021
    Select Medical Corporation
    Physical Therapist Assistant-Aurora-Heather Gardens
    Physical Therapist Assistant-Aurora-Heather Gardens
    Aurora, CO
    08/26/2021
    $45,914
    08/26/2021
    Vivage
    Physical Therapist Assistant-Prn Green House
    Physical Therapist Assistant-Prn Green House
    Boone, CO
    08/25/2021
    $52,175
    08/25/2021
    Careerstaff Unlimited
    Physical Therapist Assistant-PTA-Skilled Nursing Facility
    Physical Therapist Assistant-PTA-Skilled Nursing Facility
    Sacramento, CA
    08/25/2021
    $66,784
    08/25/2021
    Careerstaff Unlimited
    Physical Therapist Assistant-PTA-Ltc/Snf
    Physical Therapist Assistant-PTA-Ltc/Snf
    Belen, NM
    08/24/2021
    $73,045
    08/24/2021
    General Dynamics Information Technology
    Physical SEC Assistant III
    Physical SEC Assistant III
    Aurora, CO
    08/21/2021
    $50,088
    08/21/2021
    Promedica Health System
    Physical Therapist Assistant-PTA--Tuesday-Saturday Schedule
    Physical Therapist Assistant-PTA--Tuesday-Saturday Schedule
    Lakewood, CO
    08/19/2021
    $50,088
    08/19/2021

    Average Physical Therapist Assistant Salary by Demographic

    Physical Therapist Assistant Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $56,250
    female-income
    Female Income
    $55,889
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$56,250
    Female$55,889
    Median Physical Therapist Assistant Income by Race
    Asian physical therapist assistants have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american physical therapist assistants have the lowest average salary at $54,801.
    $60,000
    $48,000
    $36,000
    $24,000
    $12,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$55,984
    Black or African American$54,801
    Asian$57,856
    Hispanic or Latino$55,840
    Average Physical Therapist Assistant Salary by Education Level
    Physical therapist assistants with a Associate degree earn more than those without, at $55,889 annually. With a Masters degree, physical therapist assistants earn a median annual income of $52,766 compared to $51,997 for physical therapist assistants with an Bachelors degree.
    $60,000
    $48,000
    $36,000
    $24,000
    $12,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$52,766
    Bachelor's Degree$51,997
    Some College/ Associate Degree$55,889