In this second part of our series on travel therapists salary we are going to look at PTA pay. Specifically we are going to look closer look at the average pay difference for a perm Physical Therapist Assistant versus a Physical Therapist Assistant and the answer is…
$54,000 a year for a Traveling Physical Therapist Assistant vs $47,000 a year for a Physical Therapist Assistant.
This information is based on averages compiled by Simply Hired. This tool is also great for comparing what you would make as a travel physical therapist assistant in different cities than where you live. To keep it simple we will use annual salary, but really looking at this hourly this would be better.
To see this in action let’s look at a Physical Therapist Assistant in Kenosha, WI who is making $52,000. She could potentially make $56,000 a year in Austin, TX on a short-term contract.
If she wanted to stay close to home though and hang out at home during the weekends. The average Physical Therapist Assistant’s pay in Kenosha, WI is $52,000 a year, while the average traveling physical therapist salary in Chicago, IL is $60,000, so with a short 1 1/2 hour drive she could increase her pay from $26.00 to $30.00 an hour.
With Per Diem and free housing it is easy to see how working a short-term contract can have a big of a difference on your paycheck.