As of 2015, the median salary for a physical therapy aid is $23,880. The median salary for physical therapy assistants is $52,160. Assistants have diplomas from accredited physical therapy programs, while aids have on-the-job training.
Physical therapy assistants and aids work under the supervision of physical therapists to help patients recover from injury and restore movement. Therapists and their aides also work with patients with chronic conditions, such as obesity and diabetes. Physical therapists work in hospitals, nursing homes and in private clinics.
The job outlook for physical therapist aides is very good, with higher than average job growth. The active and aging population increases demand for physical therapists, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.