Physical therapist assistants & aides

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Total Workforce
97.4k
Average Age
37.2
Average Salary
$35,889
Average Male Salary
$38,870
Average Female Salary
$34,493

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 $35,889 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Physical therapist assistants & aides by wage are Medical secretaries and administrative assistants, Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, & tapers, and Food & tobacco roasting, baking, & drying machine operators & tenders.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Physical therapist assistants & aides are Yamhill & Polk Counties PUMA, OR and Seaside, Monterey, Marina & Pacific Grove Cities PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Physical therapist assistants & aides are Yamhill & Polk Counties PUMA, OR and Seaside, Monterey, Marina & Pacific Grove Cities PUMA, CA.

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 Yamhill & Polk Counties PUMA, OR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$35,889
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,700

In 2018, Physical therapist assistants & aides earned an average of $35,889, $17,999 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Medical secretaries and administrative assistants make somewhat more than Physical therapist assistants & aides while Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, & tapers 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 2018, 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, General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals, and Nursing Care Facilities.

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Industries by Share

97.4k
2018 Workforce
± 7,658
8.79%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 10.4%

The number of people employed as Physical therapist assistants & aides has been growing at a rate of 8.79%, from 89,496 people in 2017 to 97,363 people in 2018.

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  51%, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 18.5% and Nursing Care Facilities with 11.4%.

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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 35.7 and of female Physical therapist assistants & aides is 37.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Physical therapist assistants & aides is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

31.1k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,327
66.3k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,320

68.1% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

73.8% of Physical therapist assistants & aides are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.7% 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

35.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.77
37.9
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.25

The median age of Physical therapist assistants & aides is 37.2, and Male employees are generally 2.13 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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