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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
$59,700
25th Percentile Wage
$71,950
50th Percentile Wage
$87,240
75th Percentile Wage
$102,090
90th Percentile Wage
$123,070

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 $123,070. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $87,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid physical therapists is $59,700.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of physical therapists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$87,240
1.43% 8.02%
2016
$85,990
1.56% -
2015
$84,650
2.04% -
2014
$82,920
1.74% -
2013
$81,480
1.52% -
2012
$80,240
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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 continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly industry with an annual salary $94,310. The lowest paying industry is the residential intellectual and developmental disability facilities industry (annual salary $74,720). For detailed physical therapists salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$94,310
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$93,160
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$92,940
Home Health Care Services
$92,320
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$91,760
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$89,520
Hospitals - Local government owned
$89,370
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$89,360
Outpatient Care Centers
$89,350
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$88,990
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$88,960
Hospitals - Privately owned
$88,700
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$88,680
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$86,930
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$86,910
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$86,890
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$86,830
Hospitals - State government owned
$86,140
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$86,120
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$85,370
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$84,010
Offices of Physicians
$83,960
Offices of Chiropractors
$83,880
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$83,800
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$82,680
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$82,620
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$82,350
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$82,350
Individual and Family Services
$82,290
Social Assistance
$82,060
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$81,410
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$80,700
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$80,300
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$79,830
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$78,380
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$78,110
Child Day Care Services
$75,890
Other Residential Care Facilities
$75,590
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$74,720

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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