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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 areas 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$62,450
25th Percentile Wage
$79,830
50th Percentile Wage
$95,720
75th Percentile Wage
$113,640
90th Percentile Wage
$128,010

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 $128,010. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $95,720. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $62,450.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of physical therapists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$95,720
0.88% 7.38%
2016
$94,880
0.73% -
2015
$94,190
2.93% -
2014
$91,430
1.45% -
2013
$90,100
1.60% -
2012
$88,660
- -

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 $82,700 to $109,720. The highest paying area for physical therapists in California is Merced with a median annual salary of $109,720. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $108,830). The lowest paying area is North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $82,700.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Merced
$109,720
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$108,830
Vallejo-Fairfield
$108,720
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$106,850
Salinas
$106,150
Redding
$104,240
Visalia-Porterville
$102,510
Madera-Chowchilla
$102,150
Yuba City
$102,110
Chico
$101,570
Hanford-Corcoran
$101,010
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$100,690
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$100,330
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$100,270
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$99,670
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$98,480
Bakersfield-Delano
$98,010
Fresno
$97,800
Napa
$97,030
Modesto
$96,600
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$95,800
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$95,470
El Centro
$95,460
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$94,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$93,100
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$92,760
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$90,730
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$90,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$89,290
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$88,690
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$88,270
Stockton
$88,040
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$87,910
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$82,700




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