Physical therapist assistants & aides

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2019 Workforce
124k
Average Age
37.7
Average Salary
$38,111
Average Male Salary
$44,097
Average Female Salary
$35,367

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 $38,111 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Physical therapist assistants & aides by wage are Meter readers, utilities, Occupational therapy assistants & aides, and Bus drivers, transit and intercity.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Physical therapist assistants & aides are Mount Rogers Planning District Commission PUMA, VA, Cleveland City PUMA, TN, and Western Upper Peninsula PUMA, MI. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Physical therapist assistants & aides are Mount Rogers Planning District Commission PUMA, VA, Cleveland City PUMA, TN, and Venango, Jefferson, Clarion & Forest 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 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 Mount Rogers Planning District Commission PUMA, VA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$38,111
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,982

In 2019, Physical therapist assistants & aides earned an average of $38,111, $17,413 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Meter readers, utilities make somewhat more than Physical therapist assistants & aides while Occupational therapy assistants & aides 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

0.348
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Physical therapist assistants & aides had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.348, 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

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 Home health care services, Other health care services, and Elementary & secondary schools.

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Industries by Share

124k
2019 Workforce
± 8,628
26.9%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 8.28%

The number of people employed as Physical therapist assistants & aides has been growing at a rate of 26.9%, from 97,363 people in 2018 to 123,595 people in 2019.

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  47.7%, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 16.7% and Nursing Care Facilities with 11.6%.

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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 36.8 and of female Physical therapist assistants & aides is 38.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Physical therapist assistants & aides is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

38.8k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,838
84.8k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 7,145

68.6% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

78.1% of Physical therapist assistants & aides are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.09% 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 Gender

36.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.55
38.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.12

The median age of Physical therapist assistants & aides is 37.7, and Male employees are generally 1.27 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

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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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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