Salary & Growth
Graduates in the Physical Therapist Assistant program can find employment in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, patient homes, sports medicine clinics and private practices. In the Allegheny County area, entry level salaries average $30,730 with experienced salaries averaging $47,540. Annual openings are expected in the Three Rivers Area are expected to average 151.
On a national level, physical therapist assistants and aides held about 109,900 jobs in 2008. Physical therapist assistants held about 63,800 jobs; physical therapist aides held 46,100. Both work with physical therapists in a variety of settings. Approximately 72% of jobs were in offices of other health practitioners and in hospitals. Others worked primarily in nursing care facilities, home healthcare services, and outpatient care centers. In most states, physical therapist assistants are required by law to hold an associate degree. Median annual wages of physical therapist assistants were $46,140 in May 2008. The middle 50% earned between $37,170 and $54,900. The lowest 10% earned less than $28,580, and the highest 10% earned more than $63,8302.
Employment of physical therapist assistants and aides is expected to grow by 35% from 2008–2018, much faster than the average for all occupations2.
1 PA CareerLink
2 Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010–11