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Travel Physical Therapists Assistants pay – what’s the number?

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travel physical therapist who is happy about payIn 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.



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About the Author

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Manager at Medical Solutions. I am not a physical therapist (I have been a physical therapy patient plenty though) and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for four years and think it is a great travel physical therapy company that has a lot to offer physical therapists and PTAs interested in a travel career. I do post travel physical therapy jobs from Medical Solutions on this site, and write about travel physical therapy, but you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Career Consultant). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of a travel therapy career with you.

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  1. CLD says:

    Physical therapy is an important field and one that always has a demand for work. Physical Therapy Traveling Jobs are particularly popular right now due to the pay and experience obtained. Physical therapy is not the only field experiencing this, other options are occupational therapy and speech language pathology.

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