If you are looking for information on physical therapist aide salary you may be interested to know that you can make around $12 an hour in most areas of the US. Some locations in the states will pay more for a physical therapist aides salary, but in general this is not a high paying job like being a PTA. A PTA is a Physical therapist assistant and they usually have two years of schooling and are licensed to work as a PTA in their respective state. Many people refer to the job of a physical therapist aide as physical therapist technician. Essentially these are the same positions, and the physical therapist technician salary is about the same as the position known as the physical therapist aide.
What does a physical therapist aide do?
A pt aide works as a general therapist helper. To get the top physical therapist aide salary you will need to work hard. You may be asked to prep the therapy rooms for the patients before they enter the room. Also, the aide may be helping get supplies ready and even helping out during therapy to help witm manual traction. Many times the physical. therapist will be working on a patient and need assistance with the phyusical manipulation of a patient’s body and will be called in to help. The role a physical therapy aide is one of wearing many hats. Some small therapy offices need to use the physical therapy aide to answer phones as well. So in these offices you would expect that the physical therapist aide salary would be much higher. This will also be determined on the title of the person working. If you are hired in a small PT office you may be asked to just do the admin of answering the phones and greeting the patients as they come in the door. Also, you may be responsible for keeping up with the appointment book and calling to let patients know they have an appointment the next day.
So the role of a physical therapist aide is a very important one indeed. A physical therapist aide salary may also be much higher over time if you convince the owner of the clinic whichh is usually the physical therapist that you are providing more value than just a receptionist. You can learn how to use the ultrasound machine on patients to help them with their muscle problems and in the mean time the pt can be working on another patient. Thius would improve the profitability of that office tremendously and thereby increase your chances of getting a higher physical therpist aide salary.
So the question is, why would you prefer to be a physical therapist aide over getting a certification and license as a pta? One reason is the physical therapist aide salary is much less than that of a pta. PTA salaries are about three times that of a physical therapist aide or physical therapy technician.