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Physical Therapists Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

The salary statistics of physical therapists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare physical therapists salaries in different industries within the health care and social assistance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Physical Therapists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$58,930
25th Percentile Wage
$71,060
50th Percentile Wage
$85,990
75th Percentile Wage
$101,310
90th Percentile Wage
$122,720

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physical therapists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) physical therapists is $122,720. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $85,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid physical therapists is $58,930.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of physical therapists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201685,9901.56%6.69%
201584,6502.04%-
201482,9201.74%-
201381,4801.52%-
201280,240--

Compare Physical Therapists Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of physical therapists in 39 industries in the health care and social assistance sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for physical therapists occupations is the home health care services industry with an annual salary $93,200. The lowest paying industry is the offices of mental health practitioners (except physicians) industry (annual salary $31,500). For detailed physical therapists salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Home Health Care Services
$93,200
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$93,130
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$92,960
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$92,570
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$92,120
Outpatient Care Centers
$89,040
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$87,270
Hospitals - Local government owned
$87,220
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$87,210
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$87,170
Hospitals - Privately owned
$87,070
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$87,010
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$86,850
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$86,620
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$86,560
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$85,940
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$85,850
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$85,590
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$84,940
Hospitals - State government owned
$84,690
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$84,120
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$83,230
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$82,820
Offices of Physicians
$82,630
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$81,220
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$81,190
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$80,880
Social Assistance
$79,690
Individual and Family Services
$79,490
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$79,190
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$79,190
Offices of Chiropractors
$78,610
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$78,500
Child Day Care Services
$77,200
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$76,350
Other Residential Care Facilities
$76,290
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$72,400
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$69,470
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$31,500

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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