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Physical Therapist Assistant and Aides Salary Information

The salary statistics of physical therapist assistants and aides are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of physical therapist assistants and aides in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of physical therapist assistants and aides within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The physical therapist assistants and aides 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 and Aides Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,800
25th Percentile Wage
$27,470
50th Percentile Wage
$45,290
75th Percentile Wage
$60,870
90th Percentile Wage
$74,700

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physical therapist assistants and aides. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) physical therapist assistants and aides is $74,700. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,290. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,800. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 242% 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 and aides from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201645,2905.10%12.94%
201542,9803.12%-
201441,6402.95%-
201340,4102.43%-
201239,430--

Table 2. Physical Therapist Assistant and Aides Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of physical therapist assistants and aides 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 and aides occupations is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector with an annual salary $61,020. The lowest paying sector is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (annual salary $25,590).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$61,020
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$60,240
Educational Services
$48,140
Health Care and Social Assistance
$45,430
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$29,670
Federal, State, and Local Government
$29,090
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$25,590



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