Physical Therapists Salary Information

The salary statistics of physical therapists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of physical therapists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The physical therapists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Physical Therapists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$59,080
25th Percentile Wage
$71,670
50th Percentile Wage
$86,850
75th Percentile Wage
$101,790
90th Percentile Wage
$122,650

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physical therapists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) physical therapists is $122,650. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $86,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $59,080. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 107% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$86,850
1.67% 8.05%
2016
$85,400
1.62% -
2015
$84,020
1.94% -
2014
$82,390
1.65% -
2013
$81,030
1.44% -
2012
$79,860
- -

Table 2. Physical Therapists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of physical therapists in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for physical therapists occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $88,960. The lowest paying sector is the manufacturing sector (annual salary $73,260).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$88,960
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$87,410
Health Care and Social Assistance
$87,240
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$85,780
Federal, State, and Local Government
$85,460
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$82,160
Educational Services
$77,040
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$75,210
Manufacturing
$73,260

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Physical Therapists by States

From the above tables we note that not only physical therapists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of physical therapists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $44,050 to $97,870. The highest paying state for physical therapists is Nevada with a median annual salary of $97,870. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $44,050. For more salary information of physical therapists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Nevada
$97,870
New Jersey
$97,710
California
$95,720
Alaska
$94,630
Connecticut
$92,630
Texas
$92,310
New Mexico
$91,180
Massachusetts
$89,970
Delaware
$89,920
Illinois
$89,570
Maryland
$89,010
Virginia
$88,640
Hawaii
$88,070
Michigan
$87,150
Florida
$87,110
Virgin Islands
$86,400
Alabama
$86,350
Washington
$85,960
Oregon
$85,960
Ohio
$85,800
Georgia
$85,720
Mississippi
$85,670
Arizona
$85,550
Oklahoma
$85,540
North Carolina
$85,260
Tennessee
$84,920
West Virginia
$84,500
Kentucky
$84,160
South Carolina
$83,830
Wyoming
$83,780
Pennsylvania
$83,770
District of Columbia
$82,800
Wisconsin
$82,390
Indiana
$82,290
Minnesota
$82,260
New York
$82,090
New Hampshire
$81,830
Utah
$81,390
Kansas
$80,890
Louisiana
$80,480
Nebraska
$80,110
Rhode Island
$79,900
Iowa
$79,550
Missouri
$78,430
Colorado
$77,990
Montana
$77,750
Arkansas
$77,690
Idaho
$76,660
North Dakota
$76,480
Vermont
$75,790
Maine
$75,170
South Dakota
$74,860
Guam
$58,790
Puerto Rico
$44,050



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