Sunday, March 14, 2021

20 Best Metro Areas for Physical Therapy Assistant Pay

As reviewed last December in Physical Therapy Assistant Pay in the Top 20 Metro Areas, the largest U.S. metropolitan markets are top centers for physical therapy assistant employment. However, a deeper examination of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data reveals that smaller metropolitan regions frequently provide physical therapy assistants with higher paying employment opportunities.  A review of May 2019 BLS data shows us that only two of the top 20 U.S. metropolitan areas were among the 20 best metro areas for physical therapy assistant pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land (#) 1,470 $78,530
2 Victoria, TX 70 $78,070
3 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 400 $75,470
4 Laredo, TX 120 $74,470
5 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 80 $74,220
6 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 250 $72,920
7 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 590 $72,600
8 Tyler, TX N/A $72,570
9 Punta Gorda, FL N/A $72,250
10 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 320 $71,650
11 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (#) 530 $71,460
12 Tallahassee, FL 50 $71,460
13 Amarillo, TX 80 $70,570
14 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 90 $70,320
15 Waco, TX 70 $69,660
16 The Villages, FL 50 $69,400
17 Santa Rosa, CA 50 $69,270
18 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 80 $69,260
19 Waterbury, CT 50 $69,090
20 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 $68,270
National 96,840 $58,520

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

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

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