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Physical Therapists Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for physical therapists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of physical therapists amongst California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Physical Therapists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$64,610
25th Percentile Wage
$80,410
50th Percentile Wage
$94,880
75th Percentile Wage
$112,120
90th Percentile Wage
$127,780

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physical therapists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $127,780. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $94,880. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $64,610.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31.06
25th Percentile Wage
$38.65
50th Percentile Wage
$45.62
75th Percentile Wage
$53.90
90th Percentile Wage
$61.43

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for physical therapists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $61.43. The median hourly salary is $45.62. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31.06.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of physical therapists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201694,8800.73%6.56%
201594,1902.93%-
201491,4301.45%-
201390,1001.60%-
201288,660--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Physical Therapists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of physical therapists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of physical therapists in state of California ranges from $83,740 to $110,550. The highest paying area for physical therapists in California is Vallejo-Fairfield with a median annual salary of $110,550. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Visalia-Porterville (mean annual salary $107,330). The lowest paying area is Yuba City with a median annual salary of $83,740.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Vallejo-Fairfield
$110,550
Visalia-Porterville
$107,330
Modesto
$106,940
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$105,350
El Centro
$104,690
Napa
$103,810
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$101,800
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$101,150
Chico
$100,210
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$100,040
Merced
$99,770
Salinas
$99,340
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$99,300
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$98,880
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$98,490
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$97,460
Redding
$96,270
Bakersfield-Delano
$96,030
Fresno
$95,850
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$94,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$93,470
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$91,380
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$90,980
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$90,730
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$89,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$89,290
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$88,690
Stockton
$86,300
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$86,220
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$86,040
Yuba City
$83,740



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