Training Requirements for Physical Therapist Assistants

Physical therapist assistants need an associate's degree.

Degrees for Physical therapist assistants
Percent
Less than High School 1.9
High School 5.3
Some College 15.6
Associates Degree 53.1
Bachelors Degree 20.9
Masters Degree 1.8
Doctorate or Professional Degree 1.4

Employment Outlook for Physical Therapist Assistants

This represents about 78,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 31,000 more physical therapist assistants but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 54,000 more.

Typical Income for Physical Therapist Assistants

Hourly Income

On average,physical therapist assistants make $27.33 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Physical therapist assistants $16.65 $22.04 $27.21 $32.14 $38.00
Healthcare support occupations $9.51 $10.91 $13.42 $17.11 $21.93
Occupational therapy and physical therapist assistants and aides $10.81 $14.20 $23.54 $30.12 $36.67
Physical therapist assistants and aides $10.48 $13.21 $21.77 $29.26 $35.91
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, physical therapist assistants make $56,850 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Physical therapist assistants $34,640 $45,840 $56,610 $66,860 $79,040
Healthcare support occupations $19,780 $22,690 $27,910 $35,580 $45,620
Occupational therapy and physical therapist assistants and aides $22,490 $29,530 $48,970 $62,650 $76,270
Physical therapist assistants and aides $21,800 $27,470 $45,290 $60,870 $74,700
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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