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What Do Physical Therapist Aide Do?

Position Description Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.

Life As a Physical Therapist Aide

  • Fit patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices, adjusting fit as needed.
  • Arrange treatment supplies to keep them in order.
  • Measure patient’s range-of-joint motion, body parts, or vital signs to determine effects of treatments or for patient evaluations.
  • Train patients to use orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices.
  • Participate in patient care tasks, such as assisting with passing food trays, feeding residents, or bathing residents on bed rest.
  • Record treatment given and equipment used.

Physical Therapist Aide Required Skills

When polled, Physical Therapist Aides say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Types of Physical Therapist Aide Jobs

  • Physical Therapy Technician
  • Physical Therapist Technician (Physical Therapy Tech)
  • Therapy Aide
  • Rehabilitation Aide
  • Outpatient Therapy Aide

What Kind of Physical Therapist Aide Job Opportunities Are There?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 52,000 jobs in the United States for Physical Therapist Aide. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 29.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 15,200 new jobs for Physical Therapist Aide by 2026. There will be an estimated 8,500 positions for Physical Therapist Aide per year.


The states with the most job growth for Physical Therapist Aide are Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Rhode Island, Maine, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Physical Therapist Aide Make?

The average yearly salary of a Physical Therapist Aide ranges between $20,040 and $39,230.


Physical Therapist Aides who work in Alaska, Minnesota, or Vermont, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Physical Therapist Aides in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $26,190
Alaska $46,230
Arizona $28,360
Arkansas $25,650
California $31,090
Colorado $32,240
Connecticut $30,980
Delaware $26,050
District of Columbia $30,520
Florida $27,160
Georgia $27,270
Hawaii $30,050
Idaho $39,120
Illinois $31,100
Indiana $29,450
Iowa $27,580
Kansas $27,490
Kentucky $26,320
Louisiana $27,620
Maine $30,690
Maryland $25,980
Massachusetts $33,740
Michigan $27,810
Minnesota $37,230
Mississippi $22,870
Missouri $28,940
Montana $28,320
Nebraska $28,000
Nevada $26,000
New Hampshire $32,820
New Jersey $27,480
New Mexico $28,210
New York $30,230
North Carolina $27,780
North Dakota $33,350
Ohio $28,210
Oklahoma $21,610
Oregon $30,200
Pennsylvania $29,450
Rhode Island $33,960
South Carolina $30,440
South Dakota $28,810
Tennessee $25,740
Texas $26,810
Utah $22,860
Vermont $33,900
Virginia $28,110
Washington $29,870
West Virginia $25,620
Wisconsin $30,460
Wyoming $26,080

What Tools do Physical Therapist Aides Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Physical Therapist Aides:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Word processing software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Scheduling software
  • Medical procedure coding software
  • Epic Systems
  • Patient record maintenance software

How to Become a Physical Therapist Aide

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Where do Physical Therapist Aides Work?


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