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Highest Paying Industries for Therapists

The top 100 highest paying industries for therapists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $98,170, research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences is the highest paying industry for therapists. It is followed by scientific research and development services industry (average annual salary $92,930). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of therapists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Therapists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$98,170
130
2 Scientific Research and Development Services
$92,930
150
3 Home Health Care Services
$86,780
41,700
4 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$86,370
30
5 Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$81,810
36,820
6 Temporary Help Services
$81,230
6,870
7 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$80,180
45,250
8 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$79,480
206,430
9 Employment Services
$79,080
9,620
10 Administrative and Support Services
$78,960
9,730
11 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$78,960
9,730
12 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$78,870
125,040
13 Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$78,380
5,280
14 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$78,300
130,770
15 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$76,880
680
16 Offices of Physicians
$76,670
22,650
17 Federal government, including USPS
$76,450
6,940
18 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$76,450
6,940
19 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$76,340
1,480
20 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$76,260
500
21 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$74,810
480
22 Insurance Carriers
$74,730
70
23 Outpatient Care Centers
$74,390
9,730
24 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$74,180
670
25 Health Care and Social Assistance
$73,790
490,350
26 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$73,200
23,820
27 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$73,090
690
28 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$73,060
22,780
29 Child Day Care Services
$72,000
2,200
30 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$71,560
n/a
31 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$71,390
n/a
32 Federal, State, and Local Government
$71,390
n/a
33 All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$70,710
820
34 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$70,700
100
35 Manufacturing
$70,020
n/a
36 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$69,340
100
37 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$69,310
1,490
38 Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$69,300
890
39 Hospitals - Privately owned
$68,600
195,810
40 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$68,170
171,280
41 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$68,130
227,010
42 Educational Services - Privately owned
$68,050
7,280
43 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$68,000
n/a
44 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$67,810
198,980
45 Educational Services - State government owned
$67,780
2,050
46 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$67,400
6,280
47 Finance and Insurance
$67,320
110
48 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$66,940
2,760
49 Educational Support Services
$66,700
2,260
50 Social Advocacy Organizations
$66,620
50
51 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$66,010
124,600
52 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$65,800
5,560
53 Educational Services
$65,530
n/a
54 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$65,310
102,200
55 Educational Services - Local government owned
$65,230
75,450
56 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$65,220
79,480
57 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$65,180
73,390
58 Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$65,150
4,000
59 Hospitals - State government owned
$64,980
9,380
60 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$64,960
220
61 Hospitals - Local government owned
$64,900
21,820
62 Elementary and Secondary Schools - State government owned
$64,870
530
63 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$64,640
21,420
64 Educational Support Services - Local government owned
$64,570
1,770
65 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$64,060
1,370
66 State government, including schools and hospitals
$63,820
15,450
67 Social Assistance
$63,300
11,660
68 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$62,080
30
69 Individual and Family Services
$62,060
7,440
70 Ambulance Services
$62,050
80
71 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$61,790
280
72 Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
$61,700
200
73 Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$61,700
200
74 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$61,700
200
75 Offices of Chiropractors
$60,470
930
76 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$59,380
500
77 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$59,190
4,020
78 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$58,320
1,340
79 Pharmacies and Drug Stores
$57,580
360
80 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$56,920
2,430
81 Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$55,970
1,810
82 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$55,340
2,420
83 Retail Trade
$53,110
1,850
84 Other Residential Care Facilities
$53,080
710
85 Health and Personal Care Stores
$53,020
1,830
86 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$52,770
n/a
87 Consumer Goods Rental
$52,260
3,030
88 Rental and Leasing Services
$52,220
3,160
89 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$52,210
3,160
90 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$52,190
4,210
91 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$50,800
890
92 Wholesale Trade
$50,780
930
93 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$50,750
900
94 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$50,360
130
95 Civic and Social Organizations
$50,250
n/a
96 Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$49,190
1,060
97 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$48,500
1,740
98 Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$47,380
n/a
99 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$45,370
520
100 Offices of Optometrists
$35,670
n/a