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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of physical therapist assistants and aides from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |