It will take nearly 7 years of studying for physical therapist students to graduate university, and start to finally earn a physical therapist salary. Many physical therapy students during the educational process will have taken large sized student loans to help them pay for their education. After graduation earning a handsome salary is almost a necessity. In any profession the salary truly does fluctuate from state to state, as does the pay for those with experience when compared to those who will be working in entry level positions. This article will break down physical therapist salary based on hard stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We will examine the financial difference between the top earners in the field, and those in the entry level wage category. Also we will look at the significance of the physical therapy industry one works in and the corresponding salary expectations. Be sure to read all the information if you want a thorough understanding of physical therapist salary.
Average Physical Therapist Salary
The average physical therapist salary in the United States as of the May 2010 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics was $77,990. The average salary range from those earning lower to higher in this profession was from $53,620 to $107,920. The average salary of $77,990 is not necessarily the average in all states, nor is it the average for those who are entry level within the profession. Entry level positions across the nation generally will range from $55 000 to $70 000 depending on the state, and industry that one is employed in. Physical therapists are relatively well paid, although some would say that they are not paid enough considering their extensive educational requirements. The good news is that physical therapy ranks as one of the top jobs when it comes to job satisfaction. Physical therapy careers routinely rank in the top 10 for all professions in terms of employee satisfaction.
Physical Therapist Salary by State
The chart below shows the average physical therapist salary, along with the estimated number of physical therapists employed within a given state, the lowest and highest 25% earners in the career, as well as for your personal interest what the top earning 10% of phyical therapists make in each state. Those that are interested in entry level salary, it tends to be in line with the lowest 25% physical therapist salary average in most cases.
|States||PTs employed||Average Salary||Lowest 25%||Highest 25%||Highest 10%|
|District of Columbia||360||84,510||64,230||97,000||125,520|
Physical Therapist Salary by Industry
Below is a list of the most common industries a physical therapist will gain employment in. As you can see that those who work in home health care command the highest salary. Entry level wages within these industries will generally be $15 000 or so less than the averages quotes, although they could be higher or lower.
- The first column highlights the estimated number of those employed within the industry nation wide
- The second column highlights the average hourly wage in that industry
- The 3rd highlights the average physical therapist salary within that industry.
|Offices of Other Health Practitioners||62,810||$36.95||$76,860|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||47,560||$36.96||$76,880|
|Home Health Care Services||20,140||$41.63||$86,590|
|Nursing Care Facilities||12,580||$38.95||$81,010|
|Offices of Physicians||8,510||$37.54||$78,080|
It is important to remember the factors that influence salary. In physical therapy those generally will include experience, physical location, and work performance reviews. Those that have strong work reviews and have gained some experience, have the potential to earn the highest salary. As you can see from the charts we have provided that it is completely possible to earn over $100 000 a year or greater working as a physical therapist. Those who work in this profession take great pride in their career, and are always continuing to learn and upgrade their education. Physical therapists are true professionals, and a physical therapist salary rewards that professionalism.