Monday, December 28, 2020

Physical Therapy Assistant Pay in the Top 20 Metro Areas

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were about 97,000 physical therapy assistants (PTA) employed in the U.S. as of May 2019. Physical therapy assistants are employed in a variety of healthcare settings, including offices of non-physician practitioners, hospitals, home health care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and in physician offices. With some advanced technical skills and training, PTA's generally earn slightly better salaries than workers in most occupations. The BLS reported that, as of May 2019, the national mean salary for PTAs was $58,520 per year, a bit more than 9% above the $53,490 annual mean salary for all occupations in the United States.  May 2019 BLS data tells us the following about physical therapy assistant pay in the top 20 metro areas in the USA:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 4,610 $60,160
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 1,770 $67,480
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 2,670 $60,760
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington N/A N/A
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 1,470 $78,530
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 1,520 $53,490
7 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 1,790 $61,980
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 1,760 $57,390
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 1,450 $52,890
10 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 2,130 $43,350
11 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 1,600 $65,500
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 810 $63,110
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 530 $71,460
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 1,470 $54,560
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 810 $62,360
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 850 $57,680
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 740 $61,750
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 790 $65,450
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 840 $55,430
20 St. Louis 1,260 $51,780
National 96,840 $58,520

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on December 26, 2020