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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Physical Therapists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$58,190
25th Percentile Wage
$70,680
50th Percentile Wage
$85,400
75th Percentile Wage
$100,880
90th Percentile Wage
$122,130

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 $122,130. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $85,400. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $58,190. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 109% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of physical therapists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201685,4001.62%6.49%
201584,0201.94%-
201482,3901.65%-
201381,0301.44%-
201279,860--

Table 2. Physical Therapists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of physical therapists in 7 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 health care and social assistance sector with an annual salary $85,990. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $74,430).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
$85,990
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$84,720
Federal, State, and Local Government
$82,900
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$82,780
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$81,150
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$79,820
Educational Services
$74,430

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 $47,010 to $99,840. The highest paying state for physical therapists is Nevada with a median annual salary of $99,840. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $47,010. For more salary information of physical therapists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Nevada
$99,840
New Jersey
$95,960
California
$94,880
Alaska
$91,950
Connecticut
$91,430
New Mexico
$90,790
Texas
$90,620
Illinois
$90,010
Maryland
$89,370
Virginia
$88,960
Mississippi
$86,510
Massachusetts
$86,410
Virgin Islands
$86,400
Alabama
$86,130
Hawaii
$85,780
Delaware
$85,620
Florida
$85,520
Tennessee
$85,420
Ohio
$85,210
Arizona
$85,190
Washington
$85,150
Georgia
$84,870
Michigan
$83,850
Kentucky
$83,800
Pennsylvania
$83,440
South Carolina
$83,160
Oregon
$82,690
District of Columbia
$82,420
Oklahoma
$82,040
Indiana
$81,690
New York
$81,230
North Carolina
$81,050
Kansas
$80,880
New Hampshire
$80,630
Rhode Island
$80,190
West Virginia
$80,050
Utah
$79,690
Wisconsin
$79,630
Arkansas
$78,870
Minnesota
$78,840
Louisiana
$78,710
Wyoming
$78,140
Iowa
$77,250
Montana
$76,860
Idaho
$76,430
Vermont
$75,770
Missouri
$75,610
Colorado
$75,000
Nebraska
$74,800
Maine
$74,170
South Dakota
$73,660
North Dakota
$73,420
Puerto Rico
$47,010



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