Physical therapist assistants & aides

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Total Workforce

89.5k

Average Age

38

Estimated Job Growth

30.4%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$38,216

Average Male Salary

$39,815

Average Female Salary

$37,501

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 $38,216 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Physical therapist assistants & aides by wage are Information & record clerks, all other, Weighers, measurers, checkers, & samplers, recordkeeping, and Animal trainers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Physical therapist assistants & aides are Tolland County PUMA, CT and Schuylkill County PUMA, PA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Physical therapist assistants & aides are Tolland County PUMA, CT and Schuylkill County 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 Home health care services. Physical therapist assistants & aides are paid most in Monroe, Randolph, Washington, Jefferson & Marion Counties PUMA, IL but are relatively concentrated in Tolland County PUMA, CT.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$38,216

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,594

In 2017, Physical therapist assistants & aides earned an average of $38,216, $13,849 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Information & record clerks, all other make somewhat more than Physical therapist assistants & aides while Weighers, measurers, checkers, & samplers, recordkeeping 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

0.325

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Physical therapist assistants & aides had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.325, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Physical therapist assistants & aides, by number of employees, are Outpatient care centers, Hospitals, and Nursing Care Facilities.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Physical therapist assistants & aides, by average wage, are Home health care services, Nursing Care Facilities, and Other health care services.

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Industries by Share

89.5k

2017 Workforce

± 7,343

-116%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 12.7%

The number of people employed as Physical therapist assistants & aides has been declining at a rate of -116%, from 101,200 people in 2016 to 89,496 people in 2017.

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  47.2%, followed by Hospitals with 20.6% and Nursing Care Facilities with 11.5%.

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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 35.2 and of female Physical therapist assistants & aides is 39.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Physical therapist assistants & aides is White.

Gender Composition

27.6k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 4,081

61.9k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 6,105

69.1% of Physical therapist assistants & aides are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Physical therapist assistants & aides.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Physical therapist assistants & aides

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

81.8% of Physical therapist assistants & aides are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.17% of Physical therapist assistants & aides, Asian 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 Gender

35.2

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.78

39.3

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.27

The median age of Physical therapist assistants & aides is 38, and Male employees are generally 4.12 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 Health 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 Social Perceptiveness, Active Listening, and Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Physical therapist assistants & aides need more than the average amount of Social Perceptiveness, Technology Design, and Service Orientation.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Physical therapist assistants & aides from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Physical therapist assistants & aides are expected to see a growth of 30.4% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

30.4%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Physical therapist assistants & aides. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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