Figures and graphics on tablet with finger pointing
Travel Therapy October 8, 2012

By Brent Nau

Physical Therapy Assistant Job Outlook

Posted by Brent Nau

We wanted to take a look at the current job market for physical therapy assistants (PTA) by analyzing the top 15 metro areas in the United States for available PTA  jobs, the average salary ranges in those metros, the projected growth of the industry, average pay range, the mean salary over the last decade, work schedule and work environment. With a projected 46% growth for physical therapy assistant jobs over the next decade, the job outlook is promising.


Top 15 Metro Areas For PTA Jobs (4th Qtr 2012)

  Low Typical High
Houston, TX $36,875 $46,849 $55,639
Philadelphia, PA $38,394 $48,780 $57,932
Chicago, IL $39,227 $49,838 $59,188
Los Angeles, CA $40,477 $51,426 $61,074
San Antonio, TX $34,503 $43,836 $52,060
Baltimore, MD $38,402 $48,789 $57,943
Richmond, VA $36,537 $46,421 $55,130
Dallas, TX $36,733 $46,670 $55,425
Voorhees, NJ $38,394 $48,780 $57,932
Washington, DC $40,573 $51,549 $61,220
Atlanta, GA $36,872 $46,846 $55,635
Fort Worth, TX $35,813 $45,501 $54,037
Cincinnati, OH $35,899 $45,610 $54,167
Tampa, FL $34,857 $44,286 $52,595
Fort Myers, FL $33,380 $42,410 $50,366
Ranked by the number of job postings for Physical Therapy Assistant as listed on


Salary Range

Top 10% 75% Median 25th% Bottom 10%
$55,715 $51,520 $46,913 $41,685 $36,925



Female 73%
Male 27%


Years of Experience

Less Than 1 Year 13%
1-4 Years 39%
5-9 Years 15%
10-19 Years 25%
20 Years or more 7%


Work Environment

Ambulatory Health Care Services 55%
Hospitals 28%
Nursing / Residential Care Facilities 12%
Other 5%


Work Schedule

Full Time 75%
Part Time 25%

Contact Us!

We're here to help.

Learn More About Allied Careers

* Indicates Required Fields


By clicking "SUBMIT" I agree to receive emails, automated text messages and phone calls (including calls that contain prerecorded content) from and on behalf of {{site_name}}, its parent, AMN Healthcare, and affiliates. I understand these messages will be to the email or phone number provided, and will be about employment opportunities, positions in which I’ve been placed, and my employment with AMN companies. See privacy policy or cookie policy for more details.

Allied Industry News

Where Allied travelers go for allied news and information, compiled by industry experts at Med Travelers.

infograph for top therapy trends in 2022


Top Trends in Allied Therapy Travel in 2022

Allied therapy travelers can expect plentiful job opportunities in 2022, among other travel therapy trends. See what’s changing in the months ahead.

Read Article
Top 10 Apps for Travel Therapists


Top 10 Apps for Travel Therapists

There are multiple mobile apps and websites available to assist travel therapists with everything from scanning, to driving directions, accommodations, and hiking.  Here’s a run-down of our favorite free or low-cost apps for busy travel medical professionals.

Read Article


The 12 Best Jobs in Health Care for 2022

Is your allied health job ranked among the Best Health Care Jobs? U.S. News’ 2022 list highlights the top health care professions, with several changes this year.

Read Article