Physical Therapy Assistant Salary


The salary of a physical therapy assistant salary depends on many factors including the normal ones for any job: experience, location, and work environment and type. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics report for May 2012, the average annual salary was $52,320 or $25.15 per hour. The median annual wage was $52,160 with the middle 50 percent making between $42,100 and $62,360 and the highest 10 percent making over $72,720.

Experienced physical therapy assistants can make more money if they have experience in several areas, especially the specialty areas that are not seen as frequently. An example is a physical therapy assistant who has experience in pediatric or sports may be selected in contracts for patients with those issues over another candidate who does not have that experience. This allows for different work environment and contracts depending on the employer which provides leverage for salary.  By industry, the majority of physical therapist assistants were hired in offices of health practitioners and hospitals and the annual average salary was around $51,050 which was right at the national average. The highest paying industries were home health care, employment services, and nursing care facilities which all averaged over $55,000.

By state, California, Nevada, Texas, New Jersey and Connecticut all had physical therapy assistant salaries over $57,000. The lowest paying states were New Mexico and South Dakota which all had average salaries under $40,000.

Physical Therapy Assistant Salary by State

Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistants (SOC code 312021)

Period: May 2012

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

Alabama

1830 $24.45 $50,850

Arizona

870 $20.15 $41,920

Arkansas

870 $23.36 $48,580

California

4630 $28.64 $59,570

Colorado

710 $22.67 $47,150

Connecticut

480 $27.70 $57,620

Delaware

160 $27.14 $56,460

D.C.

90 $26.80 $55,740

Florida

4630 $27.57 $57,340

Georgia

1510 $24.34 $50,620

Hawaii

240 $22.35 $46,480

Idaho

290 $20.99 $43,650

Illinois

3020 $23.50 $48,890

Indiana

1750 $25.22 $52,450

Iowa

970 $22.30 $46,370

Kansas

940 $26.85 $55,840

Kentucky

1270 $23.42 $48,730

Louisiana

880 $21.33 $44,360

Maine

300 $23.86 $49,630

Maryland

1430 $25.86 $53,790

Massachusetts

2090 $26.11 $54,310

Michigan

2770 $22.15 $46,080

Minnesota

1070 $22.14 $46,050

Mississippi

600 $21.80 $45,340

Missouri

2110 $23.53 $48,950

Montana

150 $19.46 $40,470

Nebraska

650 $24.13 $50,180

Nevada

380 $29.41 $61,180

New Hampshire

380 $23.48 $48,840

New Jersey

1060 $28.67 $59,630

New Mexico

330 $19.30 $40,140

New York

3580 $24.21 $50,360

North Carolina

2080 $24.93 $51,860

North Dakota

140 $24.34 $50,630

Ohio

5090 $26.50 $55,110

Oklahoma

1070 $24.08 $50,090

Oregon

540 $26.07 $54,230

Pennsylvania

4170 $20.98 $43,630

Puerto Rico

420 $10.86 $22,580

Rhode Island

220 $25.10 $52,220

South Carolina

1040 $24.53 $51,020

South Dakota

240 $15.83 $33,250

Tennessee

2200 $24.57 $51,100

Texas

5040 $31.55 $65,620

Utah

400 $20.96 $43,590

Vermont

140 $23.55 $48,980

Virginia

1880 $25.90 $53,890

Washington

1240 $25.89 $53,850

West Virginia

740 $20.98 $43,630

Wisconsin

1410 $23.57 $49,030

Wyoming

120 $22.72 $47,260
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.