These Are The 10 States With The Highest Physical Therapist Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do physical therapists get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for physical therapists by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for physical therapists by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for physical therapists after this adjustment? That would be Physical Therapists.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Texas
  2. Mississippi
  3. Michigan
  4. Tennessee
  5. Illinois
  6. Alabama
  7. Georgia
  8. New Mexico
  9. Kentucky
  10. Ohio

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for physical therapists from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $95350, so our index value would be:

$95,350 * (100 / 135.9) = $70,161

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for physical therapists.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Physical Therapist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $105,005 $95,240 90.7
2 Mississippi $103,923 $89,270 85.9
3 Michigan $98,247 $87,440 89.0
4 Tennessee $97,908 $87,530 89.4
5 Illinois $95,528 $90,370 94.6
6 Alabama $94,440 $86,130 91.2
7 Georgia $93,807 $85,740 91.4
8 New Mexico $92,466 $89,230 96.5
9 Kentucky $92,011 $83,270 90.5
10 Ohio $91,876 $86,180 93.8
11 Arizona $91,275 $89,450 98.0
12 Kansas $91,090 $81,890 89.9
13 Oklahoma $90,784 $80,980 89.2
14 Indiana $90,245 $80,770 89.5
15 Utah $89,817 $83,530 93.0
16 Virginia $89,642 $90,360 100.8
17 Wyoming $89,379 $82,050 91.8
18 West Virginia $89,197 $83,310 93.4
19 Iowa $89,131 $81,110 91.0
20 Louisiana $88,829 $84,210 94.8
21 Arkansas $88,450 $77,040 87.1
22 Florida $88,016 $86,520 98.3
23 Delaware $87,731 $88,960 101.4
24 North Carolina $87,667 $82,320 93.9
25 Missouri $87,168 $78,800 90.4
26 Pennsylvania $84,299 $85,480 101.4
27 Washington $83,792 $88,150 105.2
28 South Carolina $82,479 $81,820 99.2
29 Idaho $81,834 $75,370 92.1
30 Nebraska $81,637 $74,780 91.6
31 Wisconsin $80,444 $77,870 96.8
32 New Jersey $79,483 $96,890 121.9
33 Minnesota $78,680 $79,310 100.8
34 Montana $76,498 $77,110 100.8
35 Colorado $74,816 $77,660 103.8
36 North Dakota $74,245 $73,800 99.4
37 Oregon $72,404 $83,700 115.6
38 Connecticut $71,636 $91,480 127.7
39 South Dakota $71,485 $74,130 103.7
40 Alaska $70,983 $93,060 131.1
41 California $70,161 $95,350 135.9
42 Maryland $69,920 $87,750 125.5
43 Rhode Island $69,428 $83,800 120.7
44 New Hampshire $68,897 $80,610 117.0
45 Maine $67,942 $75,280 110.8
46 New York $65,442 $85,730 131.0
47 Massachusetts $64,550 $86,110 133.4
48 Vermont $64,293 $77,860 121.1
49 Hawaii $51,161 $85,900 167.9
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