Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Salary in Oregon

There is a strong demand for physical therapist assistants in Oregon due to a shortage of trained professionals in this field according to the state’s Department of Employment.  Physical therapist assistants in Oregon earned an average salary of $53,427 as of 2015.

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The salaries of Oregon’s physical therapist assistants varied greatly depending on their level of experience. Physical therapist assistants with salaries that fell within the top ten percent (typically experienced) earned an average of $66,622, while PTAs with salaries that fell within the bottom ten percent (typically entry-level) earned an average of $41,642.

Job Growth Expectations for Oregon’s Physical Therapist Assistants

The Oregon Employment Security Commission expects a high rate of growth for physical therapist assistants in the state. This agency predicts an increase of 32% in the number of jobs for PTAs between 2012 and 2022. Job growth is expected to be even higher in some regions of Oregon. The Portland-Metro area should see job growth of 43.9%, while the number of physical therapist assistants in the East Cascade region should increase by 37.2% during this ten-year period.

More than 90% of Oregon’s physical therapists worked in the healthcare field. A small percentage worked for government employment and educational services departments. Nearly three quarters of the 582 physical therapist assistants employed in Oregon during 2015 worked in two types of health care industries. Fifty percent were employed in specialty physical therapy clinics (excluding physician’s offices), while 22% worked at general medical and surgical hospitals.

How Salaries for PTAs Differ Throughout Oregon

The Oregon Employment Department provides salaries for physical therapist assistants throughout Oregon as of 2015. The average salary for a physical therapist assistant varied by more than $9,000 depending on the region they were employed in:

Oregon Area
Average
10th Percentile
Lane
$58628
$48318
Mid-Valley
$56222
$43514
Southwestern Oregon
$54735
$48776
Rogue Valley
$53435
$44075
Eastern Oregon
$52618
$44096
Portland-Metro
$52382
$40539
Northwest Oregon
$51239
$41163
Clackamas
$50930
$42203
East Cascades
$49575
$39624

For comparison, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics also provides the salaries of physical therapist assistants in Oregon’s major metropolitan areas as of 2014. Physical therapist assistants in the Eugene-Springfield area earned the highest average salary in the state that year:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Eugene-Springfield OR
60
58630
Medford OR
60
54540
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA
290
53100
Salem OR
50
56700
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area
30
55660

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