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Physical Therapist Assistants in California

Is California a good place for you to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant?

30.8% Jobs Projection
$67,500 Median Salary
870 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Physical Therapist Assistants in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Physical Therapist Assistants in California is growing faster than average.

  • Physical Therapist Assistants in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Physical Therapist Assistants Work in California?

In California, there were 5,150 people working as Physical Therapist Assistants in the year 2018.

There were 5,120 Physical Therapist Assistants employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 30 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 1,420 Physical Therapist Assistants working in it, which means California has more Physical Therapist Assistants than average.


Job Projections for California

Jobs for Physical Therapist Assistants in this state are growing at a rate of 30.8% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 31.1%.


California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 870 annual job openings, and 6,800 total jobs in 2026 for Physical Therapist Assistants in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 14,700 annual jobs and 115,800 total jobs in 2026.

What do Physical Therapist Assistants Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Physical Therapist Assistants ranged from $35,860 to $84,810 with $67,500 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $17.24 to $40.77. The median hourly rate was $32.45.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $30.5 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $1.95.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top California Metros for Physical Therapist Assistants

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Physical Therapist Assistants.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,890 $69,800
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 640 $59,150
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 440 $71,970
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 440 $69,010
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 350 $65,800
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 140 $52,510
Modesto, CA 110 $64,210
Bakersfield, CA 100 $60,500
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 100 $72,790
Fresno, CA 90 $66,290
Santa Rosa, CA 80 $60,980
Visalia-Porterville, CA 70 $61,900
Chico, CA 60 $63,570
Redding, CA 60 $59,910
Stockton-Lodi, CA 50 $56,400

Top States for Physical Therapist Assistants Employment

The table below shows the states where most Physical Therapist Assistants work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Texas 7,550 $69,920
Florida 6,330 $61,470
Ohio 5,990 $58,200
Pennsylvania 5,300 $54,580
California 5,150 $67,500
New York 4,700 $54,100
Illinois 4,470 $59,480
Michigan 3,800 $52,140
Tennessee 3,310 $58,060
North Carolina 2,850 $60,100
Indiana 2,670 $55,360
Virginia 2,630 $60,880
Massachusetts 2,630 $65,450
Arizona 2,480 $43,830
Missouri 2,240 $53,510
Georgia 2,240 $56,990
Alabama 1,830 $57,920
Minnesota 1,780 $54,390
Louisiana 1,750 $48,910
Maryland 1,700 $57,020

Below are the states where Physical Therapist Assistants get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Texas $69,920
New Jersey $69,190
Connecticut $67,920
California $67,500
Massachusetts $65,450
Rhode Island $63,650
Nevada $62,570
Florida $61,470
Oregon $61,130
Virginia $60,880

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