Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Salary in Texas

In Texas, the physical therapy field is growing rapidly – both in the number of job opportunities and in salary. According to reports issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014), physical therapist assistants in Texas have the highest average salary in the country, earning an average of $69,370 annually. Not only do PTAs in Texas make a higher than average salary, but there are more of them working in Texas than in any other state in the nation.

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Job Growth and Salary Expectations for Physical Therapist Assistants in Texas

In 2012, Texas Labor Market Information reported that there were 5,180 physical therapist assistants working in the state. This is estimated to jump to 7,150 by the end of 2022, representing a 38% increase. Each year, this amounts to 310 new job openings due to both normal job turnover and newly created positions.

The average salary for Texas’s physical therapist assistants is significantly higher than national averages:

National

  • Experienced (U.S.): $75,500
  • Mid-Career (U.S.): $54,400
  • Entry-Level (U.S.): $31,800

Texas

  • Experienced (TX): $96,000
  • Mid-Career (TX): $68,400
  • Entry-Level (TX): $44,100

 

Salaries for Physical Therapist Assistants in Texas’s Major Metro and Non-Metro Areas

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2014), the most job opportunities in the physical therapy field are located in the Dallas-Fort-Worth-Arlington area where there are currently 2,150 licensed PTAs. The Dallas-Plano-Irving area has the second most, with 1,740. The Houston-Sugar Land-Bay Town area is home to 880 PTAs, the third most in the state.

The highest salaries are found in the Brownsville-Harlingen area, where physical therapist assistants earn an average salary of $91,930. The Texas nonmetropolitan areas can also be a very profitable place for physical therapist assistants. PTAs working in the Gulf Coast nonmetropolitan area earn average salaries of approximately $83,300 annually. Physical therapist assistants earning the third highest average salaries in Texas are employed in Corpus Christi, where the average salary is $75,460.

For a detailed analysis of physical therapist assistant salaries in Texas, see the chart below (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Amarillo TX
70
57750
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos TX
220
63820
Beaumont-Port Arthur TX
40
71680
Brownsville-Harlingen TX
40
91930
College Station-Bryan TX
40
67500
Corpus Christi TX
140
76460
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
2150
72400
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
1740
72960
El Paso TX
230
73590
Fort Worth-Arlington TX Metropolitan Division
410
70070
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX
880
67120
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood TX
80
65810
Laredo TX
Estimate Not Released
61990
Longview TX
80
67570
Lubbock TX
30
69440
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX
150
69390
Midland TX
Estimate Not Released
49790
San Antonio-New Braunfels TX
530
65290
Sherman-Denison TX
40
67260
Tyler TX
110
72940
Victoria TX
60
66810
Wichita Falls TX
50
66770
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
130
58850
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
60
70540
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
100
66630
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
63490
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
110
83300