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PTAs earned a median salary of $52,160 in 2012, according to the BLS. The best-paid earned about $72,720, while the lowest-paid earned less than $32,420. Those who work for home health care services or nursing care facilities generally earn the most. The top-paying metropolitan areas for this career are in Lakeland, Fla., and the Texas cities of San Antonio and McAllen.

Job Salary Year
2004 $37,820.00
2006 $41,370.00
2008 $46,320.00
2010 $49,830.00
2012 $52,320.00

Average Physical Therapist Assistant Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

With an average salary of $52,320 in 2012, physical therapist assistants earn more than many other health care jobs. For instance, nursing aides earn $25,420, pharmacy technicians bring in $30,430, medical assistants received $30,550 and dental assistants made $35,080. However, those who pursue additional education and move up to be physical therapists can earn as much as $81,110.

Job Name Salary
Radiologic Technologist $54,340.00
Physical Therapist Assistant $52,160.00
Dental Assistant $34,500.00
Medical Assistant $29,370.00
Pharmacy Technician $29,320.00
Home Health Aide $20,820.00

Best Paying Cities for Physical Therapist Assistants

The highest paid in the physical therapist assistant profession work in the metropolitan areas of Lakeland, Fla., San Antonio, and McAllen, Texas. The Modesto, Calif. area also pays well, as does the city of Victoria, Texas.

Lakeland, Fla.

Average Salary: $77,230 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a physical therapist assistant working in Lakeland, Fla. is $77,230, which is $25,070 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Antonio

Average Salary: $75,840 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a physical therapist assistant working in San Antonio is $75,840, which is $23,680 more than the average pay in the profession.

McAllen, Texas

Average Salary: $75,490 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a physical therapist assistant working in McAllen, Texas is $75,490, which is $23,330 more than the average pay in the profession.

Modesto, Calif.

Average Salary: $72,310 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a physical therapist assistant working in Modesto, Calif. is $72,310, which is $20,150 more than the average pay in the profession.

Victoria, Texas

Average Salary: $71,700 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a physical therapist assistant working in Victoria, Texas is $71,700, which is $19,540 more than the average pay in the profession.

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