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Physical Therapy Aide Salary


This article will break down the average physical therapy aide salary, as well as provide a chart that shows the average wages across the nation (according to the 2010 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics). A physical therapy aide can have a demanding and challenging job. As far as their role in the rehabilitation setting, a physical therapy aide works under the direct supervision of a physical therapist, and carries out duties that help to keep the rehabilitation setting functioning efficiently. Physical therapy aides do many of the smaller jobs, like maintaining equipment, assisting patients to and from treatment rooms, clerical duties, answering phones, and general cleaning duties in the physical therapy setting. Aides are not allowed to treat patients, as they are not licensed professionals, nor  is there an education required to work as an aide (although programs do exist). Aides generally are taught on the job, although that is beginning to change, as certificate programs are being offered at many community colleges, and educational institutes. These certifications can often be completed in a few months or less. A physical therapy aide salary reflects the responsibility of an aide in comparison to that of a physical therapy assistant or the physical therapist.

The latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics point to there being over 60 000 individuals in the United States employed as physical therapy aides. Due to the ease to enter the profession, the competition for jobs can be quite fierce when compared to the other two physical therapy careers. Those with certifications or patient care experience stand a much greater chance of finding meaningful employment as a physical therapy aide. This is an excellent position to hold for those interested in the rehabilitation field, or those who will work towards upgrading to a physical therapist assistant. The stats for job growth in this profession are quite strong, they are above the national average. The aging of the baby boomer generation has opened large door in terms of the demand for health care assistant and aide careers.

A physical therapy aide salary on average is around $25 000 annually or $12 per hour. When compared to the salary of a physical therapy assistant, who will earn an average of around $49 000 annually and around $23.00 per hour, you can notice the vast difference in the pay structure of these 2 careers.

Physical Therapy Aide Salary Overview

 
 
The chart below provides statistical information for physical therapy aide salary across the United States. The chart tells us the estimated number employed in each state, the average salary, the average hourly rate, and gives an example of what the top 25% of those working in the industry earn. Those in the top 25% are generally those with a greater level of experience and possibly an education that fits well with the profession.

State #Employed Average Salary Average Per Hour Highest 25%
Alabama 600 23,130 10.88 26,450
Alaska 50 33,210 16.01 37,170
Arizona 770 24,870 11.58 29,270
Arkansas 480 21,170 9.48 22,970
California 6,080 27,350 12.55 31,740
Colorado 590 28,220 13.19 31,570
Connecticut 540 26,520 11.80 29,700
Delaware 160 25,630 12.08 30,830
District of Columbia 70 29,060 13.78 34,650
Florida 2,400 23,820 10.96 27,410
Georgia 790 22,170 10.23 25,360
Hawaii 90 30,550 14.54 36,700
Idaho 420 23,130 10.73 26,470
Illinois 1,900 24,850 11.35 28,230
Indiana 590 24,210 10.92 26,850
Iowa 540 24,820 11.55 28,550
Kansas 450 24,220 11.14 26,800
Kentucky 690 23,600 9.97 26,160
Louisiana 1,070 21,880 10.26 24,190
Maine 210 23,890 10.59 27,930
Maryland 1,490 25,070 10.87 28,310
Massachusetts 790 29,300 13.68 32,530
Michigan 990 24,910 11.57 28,160
Minnesota 390 25,430 12.03 30,160
Mississippi 300 22,870 10.43 24,750
Missouri 660 23,880 10.51 27,900
Montana 210 24,060 10.72 27,430
Nebraska 520 21,610 10.24 23,630
Nevada 420 25,910 12.48 30,350
New Hampshire 130 28,870 13.61 32,580
New Jersey 2,920 25,110 11.82 28,820
New Mexico 320 26,260 12.61 30,880
New York 2,900 26,850 12.56 31,470
North Carolina 650 24,410 11.56 27,960
North Dakota 150 24,210 11.54 28,180
Ohio 1,100 24,400 11.41 28,310
Oklahoma 730 22,810 9.86 24,220
Oregon 680 25,510 12.21 28,810
Pennsylvania 2,050 28,450 13.33 32,180
Puerto Rico 70 21,460 9.20 25,720
Rhode Island 90 25,620 11.13 28,380
South Carolina 490 23,130 9.93 25,610
South Dakota 90 23,050 10.75 25,220
Tennessee 910 22,450 10.01 26,320
Texas 4,410 22,460 9.88 24,740
Utah 880 21,430 9.74 23,100
Vermont 70 32,920 14.94 35,100
Virginia 1,010 24,730 11.53 28,150
Washington 1,130 26,970 12.44 29,740
West Virginia 200 22,400 9.98 25,320
Wisconsin 620 25,470 11.87 28,650
Wyoming 120 23,600 10.99 26,110

Those in entrly level positions can expect to earn roughly $2000-5000 less per month than the national average (depending on the state of employment). Those with strong work performance reviews, and reliability stand a much better chance at earning a strong physical therapy aide salary.


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