Physical Therapy Assistant Guide

Welcome to the PTA Guide, a physical therapy assistant education & career resource. We have everything you need to become a licensed PTA in your state. A few of the helpful things that you'll find here are information resources by state such as tools and info on PTA Schools, PTA license requirements, PTA Jobs, PTA salary data for states & major cities.
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How Much is a Physical Therapist Assistant Salary?

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Physical Therapist Assistant Salary Data and InsightsIf you are interested in a career as a PTA you certainly would like to know how much a physical therapy assistant salary is. The good news is that PTA salaries are very competitive and actually higher than many other similar healthcare careers’ salaries.

Average PTA Salary vs PT Salary

PTAs are paid very well compared to PTs who go through twice as much schooling. PT salaries are only about 33% higher than the PTA’s salaries who work for them, or about $13 more per hour.

Hourly Rate
Weekly Wage
Monthly Pay
Yearly Income
PTAs $28.23 $1,129 $4,893 $58,720
General PT $41.59 $1,663 $7,210 $86,520

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PTA Salaries by State

PTAs are earning a wide range of salaries in different states. Annual PTA salaries range from $44,390 to $69,870. Click a state to see the median PTA salaries in each state’s major cities.

State (Click for more State info)
Hourly
Weekly
Monthly
Yearly
Texas $33.59 $1,344 $5,823 $69,870
Nevada $31.46 $1,258 $5,453 $65,430
New Jersey $30.71 $1,228 $5,323 $63,880
California $30.68 $1,227 $5,318 $63,820
Connecticut $29.75 $1,190 $5,156 $61,870
Florida $29.61 $1,184 $5,133 $61,590
Delaware $29.19 $1,168 $5,059 $60,710
Alaska $28.97 $1,159 $5,022 $60,260
Kansas $28.89 $1,156 $5,008 $60,090
District of Columbia $28.84 $1,154 $4,999 $59,990
Ohio $28.54 $1,142 $4,947 $59,360
Massachusetts $28.15 $1,126 $4,880 $58,560
Oregon $28.12 $1,125 $4,873 $58,480
Virginia $27.95 $1,118 $4,845 $58,140
Washington $27.93 $1,117 $4,842 $58,100
Maryland $27.90 $1,116 $4,837 $58,040
Indiana $27.26 $1,090 $4,725 $56,700
Rhode Island $27.15 $1,086 $4,706 $56,470
North Carolina $26.98 $1,079 $4,676 $56,110
Tennessee $26.61 $1,064 $4,613 $55,350
South Carolina $26.57 $1,063 $4,606 $55,270
Alabama $26.49 $1,060 $4,592 $55,100
North Dakota $26.39 $1,056 $4,574 $54,880
Georgia $26.38 $1,055 $4,573 $54,870
New York $26.25 $1,050 $4,551 $54,610
Nebraska $26.17 $1,047 $4,536 $54,430
Oklahoma $26.13 $1,045 $4,528 $54,340
Maine $25.90 $1,036 $4,490 $53,880
Wisconsin $25.62 $1,025 $4,440 $53,280
Vermont $25.59 $1,024 $4,436 $53,230
Missouri $25.58 $1,023 $4,433 $53,200
Illinois $25.55 $1,022 $4,428 $53,140
New Hampshire $25.52 $1,021 $4,424 $53,090
Kentucky $25.47 $1,019 $4,415 $52,980
Arkansas $25.40 $1,016 $4,403 $52,830
Wyoming $24.76 $991 $4,293 $51,510
Colorado $24.71 $988 $4,283 $51,400
Hawaii $24.39 $976 $4,228 $50,730
Iowa $24.34 $973 $4,218 $50,620
Michigan $24.20 $968 $4,194 $50,330
Minnesota $24.18 $967 $4,192 $50,300
Mississippi $23.84 $954 $4,133 $49,590
Louisiana $23.37 $935 $4,051 $48,610
Idaho $23.03 $921 $3,992 $47,900
West Virginia $23.02 $921 $3,990 $47,880
Pennsylvania $23.01 $920 $3,988 $47,860
Utah $23.00 $920 $3,987 $47,840
Arizona $22.20 $888 $3,848 $46,170
Montana $21.50 $860 $3,727 $44,720
New Mexico $21.34 $854 $3,699 $44,390

Top Paying Industries for PTAs

Physical Therapist Assistants are earning around $30 per hour in the top 5 paying industries they work in. Home health care services is currently the highest paying sector for PTAs, as you can earn $65,300 per year which comes out to $31.39 per hour.

Hourly
Weekly
Monthly
Annually
Home Health Care Services $31.39 $1,256 $5,442 $65,300
Employment Services $30.64 $1,226 $5,312 $63,740
Nursing Care Facilities $29.86 $1,194 $5,176 $62,110
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $29.82 $1,193 $5,168 $62,021
Continuing Care Retirement Communities $29.31 $1,172 $5,078 $60,940

PTA Salary Outlook

Physical therapist assistants are paid well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary earned by PTAs in 2012 was $52,160, where the highest paid PTA earned $72,720 and the lowest paid earned about $32,420. The higher paid physical therapy assistants generally worked for nursing care facilities or private home health care service companies. The highest paid metro areas for careers as a PTA are in San Antonio – TX, McAllen – TX, and Lakeland – FL.

Highest Paying Cities for Physical Therapist Assistants

You may want to know the cities offering the most income for PTAs so that you can make a career or move decision. Here are the 5 top paying cities for a physical therapist assistant salary.

Highest Paying city for PTA Salary is Lakeland, FloridaLakeland, Florida – Average PTA Salary: $77,230

  • On average, PTAs in Lakeland earn a salary of $77,230 which is $25,070 higher than the average physical therapist assistant salary.


The 2nd highest average salary for PTAs is in San Antonio, TexasSan Antonio, Texas – Average PTA Salary: $75,840

  • In San Antonio, PTAs earn an average annual income of $75,840 which is $23,680 more than the median PTA salary.


3rd Highest Average PTA Salary is in the city of McAllen TXMcAllen, Texas – Average PTA Salary: $75,490

  • PTAs in Mcallen are earning $23,330 higher than the average PTA, which comes out to $75,490 per year.


4th highest paying city for PTA Salary is in Modesto, CaliforniaModesto, California – Average PTA Salary: $72,310

  • On average, PTAs in Modesto earn $20,150 higher than the average physical therapist assistant salary; bring in $72,310 each year.


5th best PTA salary is in the city of Victoria, TexasVictoria, Texas – Average PTA Salary: $71,700

  • PTAs in Victoria earn $19,540 more than the median salary for physical therapy assistants, coming out to $71,700.

Highest Paid Nonmetropolitan Regions for PTAs

If you prefer a non-metropolitan town, then working in Eastern or Northwestern Texas is the highest paid location for you offering over $75,000 per year.

Non-metro area
Hourly Wage
Weekly Wage
Monthly Salary
Annual Salary
Eastern Texas $36.96 $1,478 $6,406 $76,870
Northwestern Texas $33.62 $1,345 $5,827 $69,920
South Central Tennessee $32.70 $1,308 $5,668 $68,010
Gulf Coast Texas $32.58 $1,303 $5,647 $67,760
North Central Texas $32.39 $1,296 $5,614 $67,370

Physical Therapy Assistant Average Salary vs. Related Health Care Jobs

As you can see, those interested in a PTA career can expect to earn a highly competitive salary, especially for the cost of the shorter 2 year degree compared to a 4 year college degree. In fact, PTAs earn more than most other health care careers.

Here are some related healthcare salaries compared to a PTA average annual salary of $52,160:

  • Dental Assistants average $35,080.
  • Medical Assistants bring in an average of $30,550
  • Pharmacy Technicians’ average income is $30,430
  • Nursing Aides earn an average salary of $25,420

Plus, a physical therapy assistant always has the option of pursuing additional education to meet the requirements to become a physical therapist, who earn as much as $81,110 per year.


All data presented here was researched from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm & http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes312021.htm