Average Entry-Level Physical Therapist Assistant Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Entry-Level Physical Therapist Assistant is $22.69.
MEDIAN $22.69
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Hourly Rate
$18 - $29
$97 - $3,978
Profit Sharing
$786 - $2,169
Total Pay
$35,898 - $59,752

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Job Description for Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist 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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Career Paths

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Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical Therapy Assistant
Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (L...
Rehabilitation Director
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Physical Therapist Assistant

Skills in Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Patient Education and Orthopedics.

Pay by Experience Level for Physical Therapist Assistant

An early career Physical Therapist Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $24.17 based on 3,390 salaries. A mid-career Physical Therapist Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $26.07 based on 1,681 salaries. An experienced Physical Therapist Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $28.03 based on 1,851 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $30.
Employees with Physical Therapist Assistant in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 11.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (10.7% more) and Albuquerque, New Mexico (7.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (8.5% less), Tucson, Arizona (4.7% less) and San Antonio, Texas (1.3% less).

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