Physical Therapy Aide Salary


The salary for a physical therapy aide depends on a variety of factors, mainly experience, geographical location, and employer’s preference. Physical therapy aides who have experience can be a little more than those starting out and some employer can decide that a physical therapy aide can perform more duties and get paid more for that effort. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics report for May 2012 shows the average annual salary for physical therapy aides was $25,410 or $12.22 per hour and the median annual salary was $23,880. The middle 50 percent earned between $20,130 and $29,000 while the highest 10 percent earned over $35,000.

Industry wise, the majority of physical therapy aides worked in health offices of health practitioners and medical and surgical hospitals. The average salary for workers in those two areas was right around the national average. Although total employment in home health care services was low, it offered the highest average salary at over $33,000.

By geographical location, Vermont, Alaska, and Colorado all had average salaries over $30,000. For states having at least 500 employed physical therapy aides, the average salary is over $25,000. The lowest paying states were Georgia and Utah, both under $21,000.

Physical Therapy Aide Salary by State

Occupation: Physical Therapist Aides (SOC code 312022)

Period: May 2012

State Employment(1) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage(2)

Alabama

520 $11.22 $23,340

Arizona

760 $12.27 $25,520

Arkansas

320 $10.92 $22,720

California

5990 $13.11 $27,260

Colorado

580 $14.52 $30,200

Connecticut

500 $13.01 $27,070

Delaware

280 $11.35 $23,610

D.C.

60 $14.30 $29,740

Florida

2260 $12.12 $25,210

Georgia

930 $10.40 $21,640

Hawaii

110 $14.14 $29,420

Idaho

310 $10.78 $22,400

Illinois

2520 $13.16 $27,380

Indiana

840 $14.16 $29,460

Iowa

370 $12.12 $25,200

Kansas

470 $11.64 $24,210

Kentucky

670 $11.52 $23,970

Louisiana

1360 $10.66 $22,180

Maine

160 $12.63 $26,260

Maryland

1530 $11.27 $23,440

Massachusetts

1010 $14.13 $29,380

Michigan

920 $12.35 $25,680

Minnesota

260 $13.77 $28,640

Mississippi

390 $11.14 $23,180

Missouri

670 $10.94 $22,760

Montana

210 $13.17 $27,390

Nebraska

630 $10.72 $22,290

Nevada

310 $13.94 $28,990

New Hampshire

110 $13.70 $28,490

New Jersey

3340 $12.35 $25,680

New Mexico

290 $12.80 $26,640

New York

3150 $13.09 $27,220

North Carolina

860 $11.83 $24,610

North Dakota

130 $12.24 $25,460

Ohio

990 $12.44 $25,880

Oklahoma

570 $11.08 $23,040

Oregon

610 $12.92 $26,870

Pennsylvania

2270 $12.97 $26,980

Puerto Rico

70 $11.53 $23,980

Rhode Island

80 $11.67 $24,280

South Carolina

620 $11.77 $24,480

South Dakota

60 $11.48 $23,880

Tennessee

1080 $10.96 $22,790

Texas

4990 $11.20 $23,300

Utah

980 $9.82 $20,420

Vermont

40 $16.05 $33,380

Virginia

1610 $10.84 $22,540

Washington

910 $12.98 $26,990

West Virginia

190 $10.66 $22,180

Wisconsin

500 $14.21 $29,560

Wyoming

140 $12.86 $26,750
Footnotes:
(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.
(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by 2,080 hours; where an hourly mean wage is not published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.