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Highest Paying Industries for Physical Therapists

The top 76 highest paying industries for physical 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 $89,310, home health care services is the highest paying industry for physical therapists. It is followed by nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities) industry (average annual salary $89,130). 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 physical therapists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 76 Highest Paying Industries for Physical Therapists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Home Health Care Services
$89,310
24,740
2 Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$89,130
12,460
3 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$88,930
14,520
4 Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$88,650
1,650
5 Temporary Help Services
$86,500
2,600
6 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$83,830
6,690
7 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$83,690
6,880
8 Employment Services
$83,640
3,720
9 Hospitals - Privately owned
$83,570
50,280
10 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$83,530
43,510
11 Administrative and Support Services
$83,500
3,770
12 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$83,500
3,770
13 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$83,400
50,190
14 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$83,380
230
15 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$83,380
57,310
16 Other schools and instruction - Privately owned
$83,180
n/a
17 Other Schools and Instruction
$83,180
n/a
18 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$83,090
5,370
19 Hospitals - Local government owned
$83,090
5,470
20 Health Care and Social Assistance
$82,920
184,890
21 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$82,600
80
22 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$82,160
360
23 All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$82,160
290
24 Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$82,160
290
25 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$82,070
930
26 Offices of Physicians
$81,630
11,040
27 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$81,610
111,200
28 Child Day Care Services
$81,460
280
29 Outpatient Care Centers
$81,020
3,460
30 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$80,460
670
31 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$80,230
1,310
32 Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$80,040
920
33 Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$79,900
120
34 Social Assistance
$79,790
1,860
35 Federal government, including USPS
$79,720
1,960
36 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$79,720
1,960
37 Individual and Family Services
$79,650
1,360
38 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$79,570
3,450
39 Federal, State, and Local Government
$79,570
3,450
40 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$79,130
69,840
41 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$79,020
71,520
42 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$78,960
620
43 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$78,540
220
44 Hospitals - State government owned
$78,450
1,560
45 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$78,190
160
46 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$78,180
390
47 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$77,620
700
48 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$77,570
16,780
49 Educational Services - State government owned
$76,910
440
50 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$76,870
12,250
51 State government, including schools and hospitals
$76,570
2,560
52 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$76,450
90
53 Educational Services - Privately owned
$75,550
1,120
54 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$75,330
170
55 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$74,900
150
56 Educational Support Services
$74,330
210
57 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$74,060
870
58 Educational Support Services - Local government owned
$73,440
190
59 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$71,850
30
60 Educational Services
$71,800
7,410
61 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$71,190
560
62 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$71,050
6,490
63 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$70,960
170
64 Educational Services - Local government owned
$70,950
5,850
65 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$70,730
5,590
66 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$70,130
210
67 Other Residential Care Facilities
$70,000
50
68 Elementary and Secondary Schools - State government owned
$68,600
40
69 Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
$68,170
140
70 Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$68,170
140
71 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$68,170
140
72 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$68,010
250
73 Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$67,650
150
74 Offices of Chiropractors
$63,070
820
75 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$50,910
160
76 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$47,670
160
See also: Highest paying cities for physical therapists.