Physical therapist assistants & aides

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
106k
Average Age
37.8
Average Salary
$39,248
Average Male Salary
$43,735
Average Female Salary
$37,305

About

Physical therapist assistants & aides are most often employed by the Outpatient care centers industry. The average yearly wage for Physical therapist assistants & aides was $39,248 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Physical therapist assistants & aides by wage are Other information and records clerks, Automotive glass installers & repairers, and Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Physical therapist assistants & aides are Jackson City PUMA, TN, Jackson, Hocking, Pike & Vinton Counties PUMA, OH, and Carbon & Lehigh (North) Counties PUMA, PA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Physical therapist assistants & aides are Jackson City PUMA, TN, Jackson, Hocking, Pike & Vinton Counties PUMA, OH, and Carbon & Lehigh (North) Counties PUMA, PA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Physical therapist assistants & aides and on wages and locations for those in the field. Outpatient care centers is the industry that employs the most Physical therapist assistants & aides, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Physical therapist assistants & aides, by average wage, is Other health care services. Physical therapist assistants & aides are paid most in Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd & Wadena Counties PUMA, MN but are relatively concentrated in Jackson City PUMA, TN.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$39,248
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,141

In 2020, Physical therapist assistants & aides earned an average of $39,248, $16,706 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Other information and records clerks make somewhat more than Physical therapist assistants & aides while Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Physical therapist assistants & aides as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.327
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Physical therapist assistants & aides had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.327, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Physical therapist assistants & aides (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Physical therapist assistants & aides.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Physical therapist assistants & aides

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Physical therapist assistants & aides.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Physical therapist assistants & aides, by average wage, are Other health care services, Home health care services, and Executive offices & legislative bodies.

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Industries by Share

106k
2020 Workforce
± 7,973
5.9%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 10.2%

The number of people employed as Physical therapist assistants & aides has been growing at a rate of 5.9%, from 99,650 people in 2019 to 105,533 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Physical therapist assistants & aides employed by various industries. Outpatient care centers employs the largest share of Physical therapist assistants & aides at  47.6%, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 19% and Nursing Care Facilities with 12.2%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Physical therapist assistants & aides in the US. The average age of male Physical therapist assistants & aides in the workforce is 36.5 and of female Physical therapist assistants & aides is 38.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Physical therapist assistants & aides is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

31.9k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,383
73.6k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,661

69.8% of Physical therapist assistants & aides are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Physical therapist assistants & aides.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Physical therapist assistants & aides
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

74% of Physical therapist assistants & aides are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.07% of Physical therapist assistants & aides, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Physical therapist assistants & aides.

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Age by Sex

36.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.7
38.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.18

The median age of Physical therapist assistants & aides is 37.8, and Male employees are generally 1.78 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Physical therapist assistants & aides from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Physical therapist assistants & aides is Parks, Recreation, & Leisure but a relatively high number of Physical therapist assistants & aides hold a major in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Physical therapist assistants & aides from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Physical therapist assistants & aides need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Speaking, and Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Physical therapist assistants & aides need more than the average amount of Equipment Selection, Troubleshooting, and Science.

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