Physical Therapy Assistant Salary
A Physical Therapy Assistant earns an average wage of $24.99 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Geriatrics and Home Health/Home Care.
|Salary||$30,363 - $63,431|
|Bonus||$96.96 - $4,966|
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|$33,412 - $69,673|
|Hourly Rate||$16.67 - $33.94|
|Overtime||$18.26 - $50.69|
|Bonus||$96.96 - $4,966|
|Total Pay (||$33,412 - $69,673|
Job Description for Physical Therapy Assistant
Most of the time, a physical therapy assistant works under the guidance, supervision, and direction of a licensed physical therapist. They help with many things that a physical therapist typically attends to, but they often have less involvement in treatment planning. A physical therapy assistant helps fulfill the care plan, which is intended to help the patient recover from injuries, illnesses, and surgeries, as well as to regain movement and assist with pain management.Read More...
Most states require that physical therapy assistants have an associate's degree from an accredited physical therapy program. A common workplace for a physical therapy assistant is in organizations with a physical therapist; this can include, for example, a hospital or private clinic.
Common skills and tasks a physical therapy assistant are trained in are therapeutic exercise, functional, mobility and ambulation training. Other skills and tasks include activities of daily living, treatments using electrical stimulation, massage, balance and coordination training, and assessments of range of motion and strength. Goals of working with a patient include improving mobility, increasing physical strength, and regaining or improving the ability to function at work or at home.
A physical therapy assistant can expect to have a very physically active job. They are commonly constantly in motion helping patients do their therapies and exercise. Lifting weights in excess of 50 pounds is common.
Physical Therapy Assistant Tasks
- Fit and train patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, and supportive devices, such as crutches.
- Transport patients to and from treatment areas, lift and transfer them according to positioning requirements, secure into or onto therapy equipment.
- Monitor operation of equipment and record use of equipment.
- Observe and document the progress of treatment.
- Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures.
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Pay by Experience Level for Physical Therapy Assistant
Pay by Experience for a Physical Therapy Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Physical Therapy Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 809 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Physical Therapy Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 263 salaries. An experienced Physical Therapy Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 286 salaries. A Physical Therapy Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 180 salaries.
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