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Physical Therapist Salary


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%
Alabama 1,860 77,090 63,540 91,400 106,400
Alaska 430 92,720 73,290 112,560 139,620
Arizona 3,250 79,350 63,070 93,290 115,990
Arkansas 1,510 74,340 61,790 86,760 100,240
California 14,860 84,600 72,170 96,580 111,220
Colorado 3,390 71,920 59,750 81,310 98,520
Connecticut 3,420 81,790 67,390 90,260 105,680
Delaware 590 86,360 68,090 99,310 127,560
District of Columbia 360 84,510 64,230 97,000 125,520
Florida 11,070 81,410 66,760 92,480 115,060
Georgia 3,720 76,330 64,860 88,800 100,590
Hawaii 670 71,940 61,810 85,130 94,480
Idaho 940 69,130 60,120 79,920 89,390
Illinois 8,130 79,070 64,170 93,300 113,710
Indiana 4,420 72,380 60,560 87,570 102,620
Iowa 1,710 70,990 60,230 81,720 92,520
Kansas 1,480 75,400 63,680 86,280 103,700
Kentucky 2,390 76,720 65,510 86,910 102,110
Louisiana 2,230 79,920 63,200 95,000 117,100
Maine 1,180 72,470 60,920 79,910 93,740
Maryland 3,770 84,960 72,670 98,860 113,660
Massachusetts 6,700 75,190 63,100 87,030 98,640
Michigan 6,940 73,810 62,450 87,540 103,690
Minnesota 3,310 69,760 62,300 77,730 87,640
Mississippi 1,550 73,670 57,480 88,830 106,850
Missouri 4,140 70,040 58,840 81,730 92,280
Montana 820 67,140 53,480 72,890 83,820
Nebraska 1,150 72,940 61,810 83,110 95,280
Nevada 1,220 84,510 66,700 98,820 116,370
New Hampshire 1,300 71,910 61,890 82,580 93,660
New Jersey 6,330 87,270 73,580 101,510 116,540
New Mexico 960 70,240 55,110 84,460 94,380
New York 13,740 77,160 63,060 90,670 109,810
North Carolina 4,530 75,000 64,670 86,030 94,740
North Dakota 540 62,490 54,060 72,740 81,540
Ohio 6,840 76,630 64,520 87,960 102,930
Oklahoma 1,810 74,970 60,230 87,620 106,860
Oregon 2,370 75,150 66,270 84,010 92,110
Pennsylvania 9,160 76,220 61,860 89,880 109,750
Puerto Rico 630 36,530 25,190 45,460 58,680
Rhode Island ** 81,080 66,910 97,340 112,310
South Carolina 2,670 72,370 58,850 85,150 103,240
South Dakota 590 67,860 59,320 75,000 84,780
Tennessee 4,090 77,790 65,750 88,720 103,860
Texas 11,870 86,390 67,030 98,050 130,100
Utah 1,180 71,920 60,290 84,430 95,000
Vermont 610 67,430 58,330 76,530 86,670
Virginia 4,160 78,720 64,390 92,560 109,160
Washington 4,110 75,180 63,720 86,100 98,390
West Virginia 920 75,060 61,480 91,190 107,380
Wisconsin 3,900 74,040 63,710 84,380 94,120
Wyoming 430 75,130 64,130 84,320 95,700

 

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.


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