How Much Do Physical Therapist Assistants Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Physical Therapist Assistants

Physical Therapist Assistants assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$59440 per year
Hourly wage
$29 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$33,840 to $48,260 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$16 to $23 per hour

Entry-level Physical Therapist Assistants with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $33,840 to $48,260 per year or $16 to $23 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Physical Therapist Assistants to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $40 $82,470
Senior (Top 25%) $34 $70,800
Middle (Mid 50%) $29 $59,770
Junior (Bottom 25%) $23 $48,260
No experience (Bottom 10%) $16 $33,840

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $34 $70,570
CT $34 $69,940
TX $34 $69,900
NJ $33 $69,310
RI $32 $67,300
MA $30 $63,320
FL $30 $62,960
NH $30 $62,460
WA $30 $61,850
OH $30 $61,440

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Physical Therapist Assistant is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Physical Therapist Assistants are in the states of CA, CT, TX, NJ and RI.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Child Day Care Services $68230 $32.81
Other Residential Care Facilities $67420 $32.41
Home Health Care Services $66860 $32.15
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $66620 $32.03
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $66000 $31.73
Employment Services $64880 $31.19
Outpatient Care Centers $62510 $30.05
Educational Support Services $62500 $30.05
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $62470 $30.03
Management of Companies and Enterprises $61370 $29.50
Specialty Hospitals $60830 $29.25
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $58350 $28.05
Local Government $58300 $28.03
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $57560 $27.67
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $57380 $27.59
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $57300 $27.55
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $57250 $27.53
Offices of Physicians $57200 $27.50
Individual and Family Services $56180 $27.01
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $55670 $26.76
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $54830 $26.36
Elementary and Secondary Schools $54270 $26.09
State Government $42940 $20.64

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