Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Salary in New York

In New York State, the rapidly growing field of physical therapist assisting pays exceptionally well. Physical therapist assistants in New York earned an average salary of $53,6060 as of 2015 according to the state’s Department of Labor. Experienced physical therapist assistants whose salaries fell within the top ten percent earned an average salary of $60,900 that year, while entry-level PTAs earned $39,180 on average.

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Factors Contributing to Strong Job Growth for PTAs in New York

The New York Department of Labor expects the number of physical therapist assistants to increase by 30.7% between 2012 and 2022, a rate that is more than 2.75 times faster than the state’s average job growth rate. The level of increase is expected to be even higher in certain regions of New York State during this ten-year period:

  • Capital Region: 8%
  • Hudson Valley: 1%
  • New York City: 4%

Physical therapist assistants are expected to benefit from the increasing need for healthcare professionals in New York. The Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University of Albany analyzed this trend in a 2014 report entitled The Health Care Workforce in New York, 2013: Trends in the Supply and Demand for Health Workers.

Health sector employment is a major economic driver for the state. This is particularly true in upstate New York. The number of jobs in the healthcare field in this region increased by 32% between 1990 and 2012, while the number jobs in all other employment sectors actually declined.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the home health care service industry pays the highest wages for physical therapist assistants. Employment in this setting almost tripled in New York between 1990 and 2012 according to the Center for Health Workforce Studies.

Another trend that will benefit the physical therapy field is the expansion of ambulatory care services throughout New York State. This sector includes such major employers of physical therapist assistants as physician’s offices and specialty clinics dedicated to orthopedics and sports medicine.

How Location Affects the Salaries of Physical Therapist Assistants in New York

The New York State Department of Labor found that the average salary for physical therapist assistants in various regions of the state differed by more than $21,000 as of 2015:

New York Area
Average
Entry-level
Long Island
$59600
$51460
New York City
$59560
$46610
Hudson Valley
$55900
$42070
Southern Tier
$50440
$35780
Finger Lakes
$47180
$38380
Central New York
$46040
$34480
Capital
$45750
$37640
Western New York
$43940
$34900
North Country
$41780
$33900
Mohawk Valley
$38320
$31000

For comparison, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed profile of salaries for physical therapist assistants in New York’s major cities and rural areas as of 2014. This analysis revealed that the average salary for a PTA was the highest in the New York City-Long Island area:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY
120
43970
Binghamton NY
50
44110
Buffalo-Niagara Falls NY
250
43210
Glens Falls NY
70
43360
Kingston NY
30
54780
Nassau-Suffolk NY Metropolitan Division
840
58320
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island NY-NJ-PA
3210
59240
New York-White Plains-Wayne NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
1640
58260
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown NY
140
52850
Rochester NY
260
46460
Syracuse NY
240
45030
Utica-Rome NY
120
36550
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
170
40140
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area
40
48990
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
120
51700
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
110
42990

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