Physical therapist assistants and aides
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Overview
Physical therapist assistants, sometimes called PTAs, and physical therapist aides work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for physical therapist assistants are expected to grow by 31%, and should have about 14,700 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Physical therapist assistants are less likely to be automated than 87% of other careers.
Workforce size
Physical therapist assistants, with 88,300 workers, form a larger workforce than 62% of careers.
Education
Only 26% of physical therapist assistants and aides have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by physical therapist assistants and aides
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
This is near the middle of all careeers' percentages of bachelor's holders.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for physical therapist assistants is higher than 64% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most physical therapist assistants.
This job's median $58KAll jobs' median $39K$58K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 68% of physical therapist assistants and aides -- that's a larger percentage than 82% of other jobs.
Gender of physical therapist assistants and aides
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For physical therapist assistants and aides, the median men's salary was 10% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 18% of physical therapist assistants and aides are minority, and 10% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of physical therapist assistants and aides
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (10%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Physical Therapist Assistants per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 54% of physical therapist assistants and aides, and 56% have company-sponsored health insurance (21% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for physical therapist assistants and aides
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of physical therapist assistants who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (71%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (55%)
  • Time Pressure (54%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (44%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (43%)
  • Consequence of Error (37%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do physical therapist assistants and aides earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group physical therapist assistants and aides, which combines the data for 2 careers, including physical therapist assistants. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for physical therapist assistants, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for physical therapist assistants compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for physical therapist assistants (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all physical therapist assistants and aides, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for physical therapist assistants and aides compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for physical therapist assistants and aides (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where physical therapist assistants work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Physical therapist assistants and aides (ACS)
Private for-profit (78.7%)
Private not-for-profit (14.5%)
Local government (1.7%)
State government (1.4%)
Federal government (1.8%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.6%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.1%)
Working without pay (0.2%)
Distribution: Salaries of physical therapist assistants and aides by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of physical therapist assistants and aides, which combines the 2 specialties for this career.
$43K$43K$43K$39K$51K$46K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000Self-employed not incorporatedFederal governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of physical therapist assistants by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty physical therapist assistants, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$58K$56K$58K$53K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000State governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for physical therapist assistants and aides

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Physical therapist assistants and aides and gender

With 68% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 82% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Physical therapist assistants and aides
Men (32%)
Women (68%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for physical therapist assistants and aides, with the median salary for men 10% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Physical therapist assistants and aides have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 72% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of physical therapist assistants and aides

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. The percentage of minority physical therapist assistants and aides falls in about the middle of all careers' percentages. There is a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of physical therapist assistants and aides
White (80% )
Black (8% )
Asian (5% )
Multiracial (3% )
Other (2% )
American Indian (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for physical therapist assistants and aides by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for physical therapist assistants and aides by nativity
$40K$44K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by physical therapist assistants

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), physical therapist assistants typically hold a associate's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as physical therapist assistants and aides as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for physical therapist assistants and aides.

Education attained by physical therapist assistants and aides
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Licensing and certification recommended for physical therapist assistants

All states require physical therapist assistants to be licensed or certified. Licensure typically requires graduation from an accredited physical therapist assistant program and passing the National Physical Therapy Exam for physical therapist assistants. The exam is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Some states require that applicants pass an exam on the state’s laws regulating the practice of PTAs, undergo a criminal background check, and be at least 18 years old. Physical therapist assistants also may need to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Check with your state board for specific licensing requirements.

Physical therapist aides are not required to be licensed by state law.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for physical therapist assistants and aides? Below we see the distribution of physical therapist assistants and aides salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as physical therapist assistants and aides, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$28K$32K$50K$39K$38K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KHigh School (6%)Some College (15%)Associate's Degree (51%)Bachelor's Degree (23%)Master's Degree (2%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by physical therapist assistants and aides

This table shows the college majors held by people working as physical therapist assistants and aides. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Physical therapist assistants and aides with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as physical therapist assistants and aides, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by physical therapist assistants and aides given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Elementary and middle school teachersPhysical therapistsManagers (specialized areas)Recreation and fitness workersSecondary school teachersAthletes, coaches, umpires, and related workersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesRegistered nursesFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersEducation administratorsOccupational therapistsHealthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)Therapists (specialized areas)Medical and health services managersPhysicians and surgeonsPhysician assistantsPostsecondary teachersDentistsPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Epidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansPharmacistsCounselorsSocial workersPsychologistsLawyers, judges, and magistratesHuman resources workersDiagnostic related technologists and techniciansNursing, psychiatric, and home health aidesAccountants and auditorsFinancial managersChief executives and legislatorsSecretaries and administrative assistantsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersNurse PractitionersNurse anesthetistsChiropractorsRetail salespersonsSpecial Education TeachersPreschool and kindergarten teachersTeachers and instructors (specialized areas)Physical Fitness, Parks,Recreation, and LeisureTreatment TherapyProfessionsBiologyPsychologyGeneral Medical and HealthServicesBusiness Management andAdministrationNursingPhysiologyPhysical and HealthEducation TeachingGeneral EducationAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for physical therapist assistants and aides

What jobs will most physical therapist assistants and aides hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of physical therapist assistants and aides reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Physical therapist assistants and aidesPhysical therapistsNursing, psychiatric, and home health aidesReceptionists and information clerksHealth Practitioner Support Technologists and TechniciansTherapists (specialized areas)Engineers (specialized areas)Occupational therapistsBilling and posting clerksHealthcare support workersSecretaries and administrative assistantsClergy
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for physical therapist assistants and aides

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 6 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as physical therapist assistants and aides as well as 1% of respondents after working as physical therapist assistants and aides. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for physical therapist assistants and aides
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides
380,800
$0$200K$25K
Receptionists and information clerks
151,300
$0$200K$27K
Healthcare support workers
21,300
$0$200K$29K
Physical therapists
17,800
$0$200K$75K
Occupational therapists
10,300
$0$200K$67K
Therapists (specialized areas)
3,000
$0$200K$47K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for physical therapist assistants and aides: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as physical therapist assistants and aides? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of physical therapist assistants and aides surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for physical therapist assistants and aides
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Combined food preparation and serving workers
736,700
$0$200K$18K
1.0%
Waiters and waitresses
522,900
$0$200K$21K
1.3%
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides
380,800
$0$200K$25K
5.5%
Customer service representatives
373,800
$0$200K$32K
1.5%
General office clerks
356,600
$0$200K$33K
1.5%
Registered nurses
203,800
$0$200K$63K
1.8%
Receptionists and information clerks
151,300
$0$200K$27K
1.2%
Medical assistants
95,000
$0$200K$30K
4.1%
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists
92,500
$0$200K$25K
1.0%
Physical therapist assistants and aides
23,200
$0$200K$43K
36.5%
Healthcare support workers
21,300
$0$200K$29K
2.1%
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
20,400
$0$200K$51K
1.2%
Physical therapists
17,800
$0$200K$75K
17.4%
Health Technologists and Technicians
12,400
$0$200K$41K
1.1%
Occupational therapists
10,300
$0$200K$67K
2.2%
Therapists (specialized areas)
3,000
$0$200K$47K
3.5%
No occupation
8.8%
Read about physical therapist assistants
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Physical therapist assistants typically do the following:

  • Observe patients before, during, and after therapy, noting the patient’s status and reporting it to a physical therapist
  • Help patients do specific exercises as part of the plan of care
  • Treat patients, using a variety of techniques, such as massage and stretching
  • Use devices and equipment, such as walkers, to help patients
  • Educate patients and family members about what to do after treatment

Physical therapist aides typically do the following:

  • Clean treatment areas and set up therapy equipment
  • Wash linens
  • Help patients move to or from a therapy area
  • Do clerical tasks, such as answering phones and scheduling patients

Physical therapist assistants help physical therapists provide care to patients. Under the direction and supervision of physical therapists, they treat patients through exercise, massage, gait and balance training, and other therapeutic interventions. Physical therapist assistants record patients’ progress and report the results of each treatment to the physical therapist.

Physical therapist aides work under the direct supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. They usually are responsible for keeping the treatment area clean and organized, and preparing for each patient’s therapy. They also help patients who need assistance moving to or from a treatment area. In addition, aides do a variety of clerical tasks, such as ordering supplies, scheduling treatment sessions, and filling out insurance forms. The types of tasks that physical therapist aides are allowed to perform vary by state. Contact your state licensing board for more information.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of physical therapist assistants? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Compassion
Physical therapist assistants and aides should enjoy helping people. They work with people who are in pain, and they must have empathy to help their patients.
Detail oriented
Like other healthcare professionals, physical therapist assistants and aides should be organized and have a keen eye for detail. They must keep accurate records and follow written and verbal instructions carefully to ensure quality care.
Dexterity
Physical therapist assistants should be comfortable using their hands to provide manual therapy and therapeutic exercises. Aides should also be comfortable working with their hands to set up equipment and prepare treatment areas.
Interpersonal skills
Physical therapist assistants and aides spend much of their time interacting with patients, their families, and other healthcare practitioners; therefore, they should be courteous and friendly.
Physical stamina
Physical therapist assistants and aides are frequently on their feet and moving as they work with their patients. They must often kneel, stoop, bend, and stand for long periods. They should enjoy physical activity.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for physical therapist assistants
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for physical therapist assistants was higher than 64% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for physical therapist assistants are anticipated to grow by 31% over the next decade; only 1% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for physical therapist assistants is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most physical therapist assistants? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as physical therapist assistants. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all physical therapist assistants and aides, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Physical Therapist Assistants per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where physical therapist assistants earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for physical therapist assistants and aides compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for physical therapist assistants and aides.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all physical therapist assistants and aides, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Physical Therapist Assistants to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which physical therapist assistants earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Physical therapist assistants and aides (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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