Physical therapist assistants are about average in terms of happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, physical therapist assistants rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 45% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy physical therapist assistants are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Radiation therapist
3.2
$86k
Community health worker
3.2
$39k
Medical assistant
3.2
$29k
Anesthesiologist assistant
3.2
$112k
Physical therapist assistant
3.2
$53k
Nurse practitioner
3.1
$105k
Magnetic resonance imaging technologist
3.1
$73k
Prosthodontist
3.1
N/A

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are physical therapist assistants happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do physical therapist assistants find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as physical therapist assistants?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are physical therapist assistant’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are physical therapist assistants making the best use of their abilities?

Are physical therapist assistants happy with their salary?