A Physical Therapy Assistant earns an average wage of $22.92 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Home Health/Home Care and Geriatrics. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Physical Therapy Assistant Total Pay (?
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$27,863 - $59,754
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MEDIAN: $41,655
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Physical Therapy Assistant Total Pay (?
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$14.62 - $31.13
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,863 - $59,754  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,992  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,068  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,690 - $64,345  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,973
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.62 - $31.13  
   
Overtime
$6.97 - $45.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,992  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,068  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,690 - $64,345  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,973
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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.
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Physical Therapy Assistant Tasks
  • Observe and document the progress of treatment.
  • Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures.
  • Monitor operation of equipment and record use of equipment.
  • 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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Physical Therapy Assistant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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San Diego
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Tucson
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Dallas
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Las Vegas
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Houston
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Cincinnati
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New York
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National Average
$47,000
Detroit
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Denver
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Indianapolis
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Miami
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Jacksonville
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Experience Affects Physical Therapy Assistant Salaries

National Average
$47,000

Skills That Affect Physical Therapy Assistant Salaries

Physical Therapy
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National Average
$47,000
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Gender
Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 27%
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