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Considering a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Tennessee?

35.5% Jobs Projection
$58,060 Median Salary
480 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Physical Therapist Assistants Work in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, there were 3,310 people working as Physical Therapist Assistants in the year 2018.

There were 2,820 Physical Therapist Assistants employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 490 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Tennessee

Jobs for Physical Therapist Assistants in this state are growing at a rate of 35.5% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 31.1%.


Tennessee Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 480 annual job openings, and 3,700 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 Tennessee?

In 2018 wages for Physical Therapist Assistants ranged from $29,810 to $78,490 with $58,060 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $14.33 to $37.73. The median hourly rate was $27.91.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $27.92 an hour.

The hourly rate declined by $0.01.

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


Top Tennessee 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
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 730 $61,200
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 380 $55,810
Knoxville, TN 370 $56,530
Chattanooga, TN-GA 310 $54,040
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 180 $54,530
Jackson, TN 130 $59,340
Johnson City, TN 120 $48,870
Morristown, TN 100 $71,120
Clarksville, TN-KY 80 $54,840

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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