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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Physical Therapist Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,640
25th Percentile Wage
$45,840
50th Percentile Wage
$56,610
75th Percentile Wage
$66,860
90th Percentile Wage
$79,040

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 $79,040. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $56,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,640. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 128% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of physical therapist assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201656,6102.54%7.86%
201555,1701.38%-
201454,4101.93%-
201353,3602.25%-
201252,160--

Table 2. Physical Therapist Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of physical therapist assistants in 6 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 $47,190).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$80,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$67,570
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$63,540
Health Care and Social Assistance
$56,620
Educational Services
$50,410
Federal, State, and Local Government
$47,190

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 $21,700 to $70,190. The highest paying state for physical therapist assistants is Texas with a median annual salary of $70,190. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $21,700. 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
$70,190
California
$66,480
New Jersey
$64,110
Connecticut
$62,630
Nevada
$61,720
Florida
$61,630
Massachusetts
$60,760
North Carolina
$59,050
Maryland
$58,820
Georgia
$58,300
South Carolina
$58,010
Washington
$57,820
Tennessee
$57,490
Oklahoma
$57,410
Delaware
$57,240
Ohio
$57,190
Virginia
$57,150
Alaska
$57,060
New Hampshire
$56,910
Arkansas
$56,880
Illinois
$56,720
Oregon
$56,650
Indiana
$56,310
Rhode Island
$55,650
Kentucky
$54,920
Alabama
$54,320
Colorado
$54,150
New York
$53,720
Kansas
$53,600
Minnesota
$53,390
Vermont
$53,320
Utah
$52,620
Missouri
$52,040
Arizona
$51,780
Wisconsin
$51,110
Wyoming
$50,280
Maine
$50,260
Pennsylvania
$49,750
New Mexico
$49,420
West Virginia
$49,060
Mississippi
$49,030
Michigan
$48,650
Nebraska
$47,870
Montana
$46,910
Louisiana
$46,660
Iowa
$46,400
North Dakota
$46,000
Hawaii
$44,000
Idaho
$43,830
District of Columbia
$39,280
South Dakota
$38,240
Puerto Rico
$21,700


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