Physical Therapy Aides

Median Salary: $23,700   |  

Physical therapy aides brought home a median yearly salary of $23,700 in 2010 for their work as critical members of blossoming economies nationwide. Hourly, that yearly salary works out to $11.40 for an average physical therapy aide. While salaries do fluctuate some from one location to another, they can differ greatly based on your experience and education, making it crucial to pursue proper training.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a reported 45,900 working as physical therapy aides nationwide in 2010. Regularly physical therapy aides are described as being social and realistic. The right combination of attributes and training is critical for anyone ready to advance in this industry.

Some physical therapy aides find that it's useful to utilize skills such as:

  • Oral Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Multilimb Coordination
  • Written Comprehension
  • Static Strength

A few personal attributes can be valuable for physical therapy aides, such as:

  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort

It's effective for physical therapy aides to be familiar with subjects like:

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Public Safety and Security

Getting the right training is crucial for success as a physical therapy aide. You need to prepared when you're asked to begin assisting and caring for others, getting information, or thinking creatively, all typical daily tasks. Want to find out more about physical therapy aides? You can find everything from salary data to job density for every U.S. metropolitan area in the country.

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Alabama
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Birmingham 260 $23,800 $11.40 $27,300 $13.10 49.3%
Huntsville 50 $23,800 $11.50 $28,800 $13.90 -30.2%
Mobile 40 $24,700 $11.90 $27,200 $13.10 -33.8%
Arizona
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Lake Havasu City 30 $19,400 $9.30 $29,300 $14.10 118.8%
Phoenix 520 $24,500 $11.80 $29,600 $14.30 -13.9%
Prescott 40 $24,100 $11.60 $29,700 $14.30 128.8%
Tucson 70 $25,000 $12.00 $29,200 $14.10 -43.2%
Yuma 30 $24,800 $11.90 $30,200 $14.50 66.5%
Arkansas
City/Area Employees Median
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Median
Hourly Wage
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Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Fayetteville 50 $21,800 $10.50 $23,500 $11.30 -31.3%
Little Rock 170 $19,900 $9.60 $23,700 $11.40 41.3%
California
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Bakersfield 130 $22,400 $10.80 $25,700 $12.40 41.6%
Chico 100 $20,200 $9.70 $26,100 $12.60 297.5%
Fresno 170 $22,600 $10.90 $26,000 $12.50 50.7%
Los Angeles (Area) 2,320 $27,600 $13.30 $32,700 $15.70 23.8%
Merced 40 $21,600 $10.40 $23,700 $11.40 114.7%
Modesto 50 $25,500 $12.30 $31,600 $15.20 -13.3%
Oakland 190 $27,500 $13.20 $34,900 $16.80 -43.5%
Oxnard 300 $28,400 $13.70 $33,400 $16.10 192.2%
Redding 90 $23,500 $11.30 $31,900 $15.30 320.2%
Riverside 490 $28,100 $13.50 $32,600 $15.70 18.6%
Sacramento 290 $23,200 $11.20 $27,800 $13.30 -2.2%
Salinas 60 $30,200 $14.50 $36,100 $17.30 15.5%
San Diego 540 $21,700 $10.40 $26,400 $12.70 20.2%
San Francisco (Area) 460 $26,000 $12.50 $34,100 $16.40 -33.5%
San Francisco (City) 260 $24,400 $11.70 $33,500 $16.10 -23.3%
San Jose 330 $32,500 $15.60 $38,200 $18.40 6.4%
San Luis Obispo 70 $21,600 $10.40 $23,700 $11.40 109.7%
Santa Barbara 110 $22,500 $10.80 $26,000 $12.50 83.7%
Santa Rosa 60 $27,100 $13.00 $32,800 $15.80 -1.7%
Stockton 80 $23,000 $11.10 $26,800 $12.90 15.5%
Vallejo 60 $28,700 $13.80 $31,700 $15.20 32.1%
Visalia 50 $19,200 $9.20 $21,000 $10.10 -1.1%
Colorado
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Boulder NA $27,800 $13.40 $32,100 $15.50 NA
Colorado Springs NA $27,900 $13.40 $35,100 $16.90 NA
Denver 350 $28,400 $13.70 $32,600 $15.70 -17.2%
Fort Collins 60 $20,800 $10.00 $25,600 $12.30 25.5%
Connecticut
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Bridgeport 210 $28,700 $13.80 $36,400 $17.50 86.7%
Hartford NA $23,500 $11.30 $28,800 $13.80 NA
New Haven 150 $23,400 $11.20 $26,700 $12.80 62.3%
Norwich 50 $26,800 $12.90 $29,100 $14.00 -2.2%
District of Columbia
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Washington (Area) 850 $25,600 $12.30 $29,500 $14.20 -17.5%
Florida
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Deltona 40 $27,800 $13.40 $30,200 $14.50 -24.4%
Gainesville 90 $22,400 $10.70 $25,000 $12.00 107.8%
Jacksonville 120 $23,400 $11.20 $28,200 $13.60 -43.2%
Miami (Area) NA $22,500 $10.80 $28,100 $13.50 NA
Ocala 40 $23,000 $11.10 $25,600 $12.30 37.7%
Orlando 170 $23,000 $11.10 $25,900 $12.50 -50.4%
Palm Bay 50 $23,200 $11.10 $26,900 $13.00 -22.2%
Pensacola 40 $20,800 $10.00 $22,600 $10.90 -25.2%
Tallahassee 80 $19,900 $9.60 $24,600 $11.80 39.9%
Tampa 240 $23,300 $11.20 $26,800 $12.90 -39.3%
Georgia
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Albany 30 $23,000 $11.00 $25,200 $12.10 49.9%
Athens 40 $17,900 $8.60 $19,500 $9.40 32.1%
Atlanta 190 $24,000 $11.60 $28,200 $13.60 -75.6%
Augusta 80 $20,400 $9.80 $24,300 $11.70 3.3%
Brunswick NA $21,900 $10.50 $28,100 $13.50 NA
Gainesville 50 $25,900 $12.50 $29,600 $14.30 116.9%
Macon 40 $22,600 $10.90 $29,100 $14.00 26.3%
Savannah 70 $22,500 $10.80 $24,000 $11.50 26.9%
Valdosta NA $18,300 $8.80 $20,900 $10.10 NA
Hawaii
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Honolulu 70 $29,000 $14.00 $35,200 $16.90 -52.9%
Idaho
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Boise City 180 $25,000 $12.00 $29,500 $14.20 98.1%
Coeur d'Alene NA $20,200 $9.70 $23,100 $11.10 NA
Idaho Falls 40 $20,400 $9.80 $22,800 $10.90 141%
Lewiston 40 $22,300 $10.70 $26,200 $12.60 338%
Illinois
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
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Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Chicago (Area) 1,680 $23,000 $11.10 $27,300 $13.10 11.9%
Rockford 50 $27,100 $13.00 $37,300 $17.90 3%
Indiana
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Evansville 80 $36,900 $17.70 $44,700 $21.50 24.7%
Indianapolis 150 $22,000 $10.60 $23,900 $11.50 -51.2%
Iowa
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Davenport NA $25,500 $12.30 $29,500 $14.20 NA
Des Moines 50 $22,700 $10.90 $28,000 $13.50 -60.1%
Iowa City 40 $19,200 $9.30 $24,200 $11.60 20.2%
Kansas
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Wichita 70 $24,500 $11.80 $27,900 $13.40 -29.9%
Kentucky
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Lexington 150 $21,800 $10.50 $27,600 $13.30 75.1%
Louisville 260 $21,900 $10.50 $26,700 $12.80 23.8%
Louisiana
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Alexandria 40 $22,600 $10.90 $30,900 $14.80 67.3%
Baton Rouge 220 $20,700 $9.90 $23,000 $11.00 73.1%
Houma 60 $23,200 $11.20 $28,400 $13.70 74.5%
Lafayette 90 $17,800 $8.60 $19,400 $9.30 77.3%
Lake Charles 40 $23,500 $11.30 $25,900 $12.50 31.9%
New Orleans 190 $22,900 $11.00 $25,200 $12.10 3.9%
Shreveport 90 $22,900 $11.00 $32,100 $15.40 51.2%
Maryland
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Baltimore 780 $20,200 $9.70 $26,600 $12.80 74%
Cumberland 40 $27,300 $13.10 $42,400 $20.40 170.9%
Salisbury 40 $24,500 $11.80 $28,600 $13.70 114.4%
Massachusetts
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Barnstable Town 30 $27,100 $13.00 $30,200 $14.50 1.7%
Boston (Area) 560 $28,900 $13.90 $32,600 $15.70 -36.3%
Springfield 90 $24,700 $11.90 $34,700 $16.70 -16.6%
Worcester 60 $32,700 $15.70 $54,900 $26.40 -35.7%
Michigan
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Ann Arbor 60 $27,800 $13.40 $30,600 $14.70 -17.2%
Detroit (Area) 470 $24,300 $11.70 $27,700 $13.30 -23.5%
Flint 30 $19,500 $9.40 $23,500 $11.30 -23.8%
Grand Rapids 120 $23,300 $11.20 $28,300 $13.60 -5.5%
Jackson NA $19,100 $9.20 $22,000 $10.60 NA
Minnesota
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Minneapolis 220 $20,100 $9.70 $29,300 $14.10 -63.2%
Mississippi
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Jackson 60 $23,600 $11.30 $28,800 $13.90 -34.6%
Missouri
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Cape Girardeau 50 $25,500 $12.30 $31,800 $15.30 188.9%
Kansas City 130 $25,400 $12.20 $28,800 $13.80 -62.9%
Springfield 50 $19,300 $9.30 $24,200 $11.60 -30.2%
St. Louis 360 $22,700 $10.90 $30,500 $14.70 -20.2%
Nebraska
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Lincoln 130 $19,300 $9.30 $22,000 $10.60 119.1%
Omaha 230 $22,200 $10.70 $23,800 $11.40 45.7%
Nevada
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Las Vegas 270 $25,800 $12.40 $30,200 $14.50 -6.9%
Reno 60 $28,600 $13.80 $32,300 $15.50 -6.4%
New Jersey
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Atlantic City 60 $25,700 $12.40 $28,800 $13.80 31.9%
Trenton 90 $24,500 $11.80 $27,700 $13.30 11.6%
New Mexico
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Albuquerque 180 $28,700 $13.80 $31,800 $15.30 34.9%
New York
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Albany 40 $25,600 $12.30 $30,100 $14.50 -72%
Buffalo 150 $27,400 $13.20 $32,600 $15.70 -20.2%
New York (Area) 4,440 $25,000 $12.00 $29,700 $14.30 51.5%
Poughkeepsie 60 $26,600 $12.80 $29,700 $14.30 -33.8%
Rochester 80 $25,200 $12.10 $29,700 $14.30 -52.4%
Syracuse 80 $26,800 $12.90 $30,300 $14.60 -26%
Utica 60 $28,100 $13.50 $32,100 $15.50 42.9%
North Carolina
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Charlotte 80 $25,600 $12.30 $28,500 $13.70 -72.6%
Durham 40 $27,900 $13.40 $31,900 $15.30 -59.6%
Greensboro 60 $22,700 $10.90 $26,400 $12.70 -50.7%
Raleigh 50 $23,400 $11.30 $26,900 $13.00 -73.7%
Winston-Salem 90 $24,700 $11.90 $28,700 $13.80 22.2%
North Dakota
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Bismarck 50 $20,000 $9.60 $28,500 $13.70 121.3%
Ohio
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Akron 50 $23,000 $11.00 $26,000 $12.50 -59.3%
Canton 30 $25,600 $12.30 $28,800 $13.90 -42.1%
Cincinnati 230 $23,600 $11.30 $26,800 $12.90 -33.2%
Cleveland 240 $24,900 $12.00 $28,200 $13.60 -30.5%
Columbus 110 $19,700 $9.50 $24,800 $11.90 -64.8%
Dayton 50 $23,100 $11.10 $27,300 $13.20 -59.8%
Toledo 70 $23,800 $11.40 $31,200 $15.00 -27.1%
Youngstown 100 $25,000 $12.00 $33,900 $16.30 24.1%
Oklahoma
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Lawton 50 $17,900 $8.60 $20,000 $9.60 238%
Oklahoma City 370 $19,300 $9.30 $23,100 $11.10 85.6%
Tulsa 170 $23,400 $11.20 $26,400 $12.70 14.1%
Oregon
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Bend 80 $23,600 $11.40 $26,800 $12.90 254.3%
Eugene 40 $24,100 $11.60 $27,200 $13.10 -11.9%
Medford 50 $19,900 $9.60 $25,200 $12.10 73.1%
Portland 380 $26,300 $12.70 $29,300 $14.10 10.2%
Salem 40 $27,700 $13.30 $31,700 $15.30 -15%
Pennsylvania
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Allentown 100 $25,800 $12.40 $31,100 $15.00 -17.7%
Altoona NA $28,900 $13.90 $31,600 $15.20 NA
Erie 40 $24,600 $11.80 $27,900 $13.40 -15.5%
Harrisburg 110 $28,200 $13.50 $30,800 $14.80 -2.5%
Lancaster 70 $25,600 $12.30 $29,200 $14.00 -6.9%
Philadelphia (Area) 1,240 $28,300 $13.60 $33,800 $16.20 31.6%
Pittsburgh 400 $27,800 $13.40 $32,600 $15.70 0.8%
Reading 50 NA NA NA NA -7.8%
Scranton 100 $23,300 $11.20 $27,700 $13.30 7.2%
York 60 $28,000 $13.40 $30,600 $14.70 -4.7%
Rhode Island
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Providence 110 $23,700 $11.40 $27,800 $13.40 -42.9%
South Carolina
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Columbia 160 $20,000 $9.60 $23,000 $11.00 36.3%
Spartanburg 40 NA NA NA NA -12.2%
Tennessee
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Chattanooga NA $19,700 $9.50 $22,700 $10.90 NA
Johnson City 60 $18,600 $8.90 $23,200 $11.10 120.5%
Knoxville 170 $19,100 $9.20 $22,600 $10.90 49.3%
Memphis 120 $19,100 $9.20 $26,600 $12.80 -41%
Nashville 190 $27,100 $13.00 $31,000 $14.90 -27.1%
Texas
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Abilene 90 $17,800 $8.60 $19,100 $9.20 320.5%
Amarillo 110 $20,700 $10.00 $25,600 $12.30 172.6%
Austin 200 $20,400 $9.80 $26,800 $12.90 -28%
Beaumont 60 $22,400 $10.80 $25,000 $12.00 3.9%
Brownsville 120 $21,600 $10.40 $26,700 $12.80 171.7%
College Station 70 $19,500 $9.40 $22,000 $10.60 95.3%
Corpus Christi 100 $18,300 $8.80 $22,000 $10.60 66.2%
Dallas (Area) 650 $23,900 $11.50 $29,700 $14.30 -36.3%
El Paso 280 $21,500 $10.30 $23,400 $11.20 186.7%
Houston 560 $21,700 $10.40 $25,500 $12.20 -37.7%
Laredo 50 $18,400 $8.90 $21,200 $10.20 52.6%
Longview 40 $21,800 $10.50 $23,200 $11.10 30.5%
Lubbock 100 $17,900 $8.60 $19,200 $9.20 130.5%
McAllen 320 $19,000 $9.10 $22,700 $10.90 309.7%
Odessa 40 $19,800 $9.50 $22,900 $11.00 82.5%
San Angelo 60 $18,300 $8.80 $23,100 $11.10 267.3%
San Antonio 410 $20,300 $9.80 $25,600 $12.30 35.5%
Sherman 40 $19,600 $9.40 $23,600 $11.30 203%
Tyler 100 $24,300 $11.70 $27,600 $13.30 210.8%
Victoria NA $21,000 $10.10 $23,300 $11.20 NA
Waco 40 $20,900 $10.00 $23,600 $11.40 3.6%
Wichita Falls 100 $18,800 $9.00 $22,000 $10.60 418%
Utah
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Ogden 210 $19,000 $9.10 $21,700 $10.40 203.6%
Provo 170 $19,700 $9.50 $23,000 $11.10 172.9%
Salt Lake City 340 $21,600 $10.40 $23,800 $11.50 58.7%
St. George 60 $22,100 $10.60 $23,700 $11.40 238%
Vermont
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Burlington NA $30,900 $14.80 $33,600 $16.20 NA
Virginia
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Charlottesville 40 $23,500 $11.30 $28,100 $13.50 28.8%
Danville NA $21,100 $10.20 $23,500 $11.30 NA
Harrisonburg 50 $25,900 $12.50 $29,700 $14.30 136%
Richmond 110 $24,000 $11.60 $27,900 $13.40 -47.4%
Virginia Beach 260 $21,100 $10.10 $24,800 $11.90 2.2%
Washington
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Bellingham 30 $22,900 $11.00 $25,500 $12.30 26.3%
Bremerton 40 $25,900 $12.40 $29,900 $14.40 54.6%
Kennewick NA $24,300 $11.70 $27,800 $13.40 NA
Mount Vernon 40 $27,900 $13.40 $29,600 $14.20 165.7%
Olympia 40 $24,900 $12.00 $28,300 $13.60 15.2%
Seattle (Area) 490 $27,100 $13.00 $30,800 $14.80 -15%
Spokane 110 $23,600 $11.30 $26,600 $12.80 60.7%
Wenatchee 40 $25,800 $12.40 $30,000 $14.40 162.9%
Yakima 80 NA NA NA NA 186.4%
West Virginia
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Huntington 80 $21,000 $10.10 $26,700 $12.90 103.6%
Morgantown 40 $17,700 $8.50 $18,900 $9.10 85.9%
Parkersburg 40 $21,000 $10.10 $28,600 $13.80 56.2%
Wisconsin
City/Area Employees Median
Annual Salary
Median
Hourly Wage
Top 25%
Annual Salary
Top 25%
Hourly Wage
Job Density
Eau Claire 50 $26,700 $12.80 $30,500 $14.70 76.7%
Madison 50 $26,800 $12.90 $30,100 $14.50 -60.1%
Milwaukee 220 $23,900 $11.50 $27,800 $13.40 -23%

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