The United States Department of Labor cited in a May 2014 report that physical therapist assistants in Maryland earned an average annual salary of $56,310. This is equivalent to an hourly wage of $27.07. This surpasses the national average for PTAs, which was $54,330 that year.
Physical therapist assistants in Maryland earned more than the national average for this profession across most levels of experience. In 2014, the entry-level salary for PTAs in Maryland started at $24,560. By mid-career, physical therapist assistants in the same region earned $57,640. Highly experienced PTAs in Maryland enjoyed even greater salaries ranging from $69,380 to $80,760.
Physical Therapist Assistants: A High-Demand, High-Growth Profession in Maryland
In a survey performed by the U.S. Department of Labor, the city of Cumberland was listed as one of the top 3 cities in the nation with the highest concentration of licensed PTAs (2014). It’s clear that Maryland and its residents deem the employment of physical therapist assistants as a high priority, and growth within this profession isn’t slowing down. In December 2014, Maryland’s Department of Labor (Division of Workforce Development) stated an expectation for a 19% increase in physical therapist assistant jobs within its borders by the year 2022.
This growth projection is reflected in the business models and hiring procedures of physical therapy clinics and healthcare facilities in the area. Tidewater Physical Therapy and Rehab Associates provides top-quality care to patients in 9 locations across Maryland. As of October 2015, Tidewater had employed 19 physical therapist assistants and opened its doors to an average of 10 physical therapy interns each year previously. Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Walter has made it a point to hire and maintain physical therapist assistants who exude professionalism, consistent work ethic and who desire to advance their careers along with the rising demand for PTAs statewide.
Maryland’s Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Areas Offer Competitive Salaries for Physical Therapist Assistants
Maryland is a favorable state for PTAs seeking a vast array of employment opportunities with competitive pay. The city of Cumberland has hired physical therapist assistants at a progressive rate. The average annual salary for PTAs in Cumberland was $56,750 as of 2014. Other regions include the Upper Eastern Shore non-metropolitan areas, where PTAs recorded an average annual salary of $57,710, and Baltimore-Towson where the average was $62,740. These salaries are all above the national average.
A more detailed analysis of Maryland’s major metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, and corresponding salaries for physical therapist assistants is included below. Data sourced by the U.S. Department of Labor (2014):