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Physical Therapist Assistant Salary Information

The salary statistics of physical therapist assistants are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of physical therapist assistants within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The physical therapist assistants annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Physical Therapist Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,930
25th Percentile Wage
$46,780
50th Percentile Wage
$57,430
75th Percentile Wage
$67,770
90th Percentile Wage
$79,380

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physical therapist assistants. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) physical therapist assistants is $79,380. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $57,430. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,930. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 120% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of physical therapist assistants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$57,430
1.43% 9.18%
2016
$56,610
2.54% -
2015
$55,170
1.38% -
2014
$54,410
1.93% -
2013
$53,360
2.25% -
2012
$52,160
- -

Table 2. Physical Therapist Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of physical therapist assistants in 7 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for physical therapist assistants occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $80,510. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $46,800).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$80,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$67,110
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$61,710
Health Care and Social Assistance
$57,440
Educational Services
$53,360
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$48,530
Federal, State, and Local Government
$46,800

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Physical Therapist Assistants by States

From the above tables we note that not only physical therapist assistants salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of physical therapist assistants in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $21,050 to $69,240. The highest paying state for physical therapist assistants is Texas with a median annual salary of $69,240. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $21,050. For more salary information of physical therapist assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Texas
$69,240
New Jersey
$68,590
Alaska
$64,170
Massachusetts
$63,760
Nevada
$63,740
Connecticut
$63,470
California
$63,440
Rhode Island
$62,100
Florida
$62,000
Oklahoma
$61,630
Virginia
$60,940
Maryland
$59,730
New Hampshire
$59,330
Oregon
$59,230
North Carolina
$58,940
Tennessee
$58,080
Illinois
$57,880
Arizona
$57,810
Ohio
$57,470
Washington
$57,070
Georgia
$56,850
Indiana
$56,530
South Carolina
$56,360
Arkansas
$55,960
Hawaii
$55,940
New York
$55,250
Alabama
$55,000
Kentucky
$54,580
Colorado
$54,290
Missouri
$54,110
Utah
$53,920
Minnesota
$53,580
Vermont
$53,510
Kansas
$53,380
Delaware
$53,070
Wisconsin
$52,850
Pennsylvania
$52,320
Maine
$52,130
New Mexico
$51,390
Michigan
$51,090
Wyoming
$50,830
Mississippi
$49,600
Louisiana
$48,340
West Virginia
$48,250
Iowa
$46,940
Nebraska
$46,600
North Dakota
$46,540
Montana
$46,520
Idaho
$44,680
South Dakota
$39,630
District of Columbia
$38,720
Puerto Rico
$21,050



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