Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Salary in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry rated the physical therapist assistant profession as a “high priority occupation” as of 2015. This designation indicates:

  • A strong demand (high projected job growth)
  • Earnings that would sustain a family
  • The need for higher skilled workers than many other occupations
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Physical therapist assistants in Pennsylvania earned an average salary of $45,320 as of 2014. Experienced physical therapist assistants in the state earned an average of $52,770 that year, while PTAs just entering the workforce earned an average of $30,420.

Job Growth in Key Employment Industries for PTAs in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia was home to the fourth highest number of licensed PTAs of any urban area in the country in 2014, while Altoona had the seventh highest concentration of physical therapist assistants that year. The nonmetropolitan area of East Central Pennsylvania was home to the fourth highest number of physical therapist assistants of any rural area in the country.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry indicates that there will be a large increase in the number of physical therapist assistants in the state between 2012 and 2022. The number of PTAs in Pennsylvania is expected to increase by 25% during this ten-year period, a rate that is more than three times faster than the state’s average job growth rate.

More than half of Pennsylvania’s physical therapist assistants worked in specialty physical therapy clinics in 2012:

  • Physical therapy, orthopedic and sports medicine clinics: 1%
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals: 5%
  • Nursing Care Facilities: 9%
  • Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals: 8%
  • Offices of Physicians:5%
  • Home Health Care Services:1%

 

How Location Influences PTA Salaries in Pennsylvania

Location plays a major role in the salaries of physical therapist assistants in Pennsylvania according to the state’s Department of Labor and Industry. The average salary for a PTA varied by more than $15,000 among the most populated counties of Pennsylvania as of 2014:

  • Westmoreland County – $64,130
  • Adams County – $63,660
  • Fayette County – $63,360
  • Columbia County – $54,820
  • McKean County – $53,280
  • Allegheny County – $52,500
  • Chester County – $51,630
  • Berks County – $50,650
  • Lancaster County – $49,280
  • Lackawanna County – $49,040

For comparison, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed analysis of the salaries for physical therapist assistants in Pennsylvania’s major rural and urban areas as of 2014. PTAs in Pittsburgh earned the highest average salary statewide:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ
250
47820
Altoona PA
120
44140
Erie PA
100
40190
Harrisburg-Carlisle PA
300
45310
Johnstown PA
Estimate Not Released
39350
Lancaster PA
150
49280
Lebanon PA
30
42940
Philadelphia PA Metropolitan Division
1460
41240
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD
1780
44460
Pittsburgh PA
860
50780
Reading PA
140
50650
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre PA
240
47230
Williamsport PA
50
42160
York-Hanover PA
90
46450
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
160
38580
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
140
46170
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
70
45760
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
280
50620

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