The 10 States With The Highest Physical Therapist Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month 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. Nevada
  2. Mississippi
  3. Texas
  4. Michigan
  5. New Mexico
  6. Alabama
  7. Illinois
  8. West Virginia
  9. Wyoming
  10. Oklahoma

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

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for physical therapists from the 2018 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 $97110, so our index value would be:

$97,110 * (100 / 135.9) = $71,456

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.

Detailed List Of Physical Therapist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Nevada $104,472 $107,920 103.3
2 Mississippi $104,447 $89,720 85.9
3 Texas $102,469 $92,940 90.7
4 Michigan $102,426 $91,160 89.0
5 New Mexico $100,735 $97,210 96.5
6 Alabama $99,364 $90,620 91.2
7 Illinois $95,866 $90,690 94.6
8 West Virginia $95,738 $89,420 93.4
9 Wyoming $95,326 $87,510 91.8
10 Oklahoma $95,134 $84,860 89.2
11 Kansas $94,827 $85,250 89.9
12 Louisiana $94,789 $89,860 94.8
13 Georgia $94,442 $86,320 91.4
14 Kentucky $93,513 $84,630 90.5
15 Indiana $93,497 $83,680 89.5
16 Arkansas $93,490 $81,430 87.1
17 North Carolina $93,248 $87,560 93.9
18 Tennessee $92,751 $82,920 89.4
19 Delaware $92,583 $93,880 101.4
20 Ohio $92,420 $86,690 93.8
21 Utah $92,408 $85,940 93.0
22 Iowa $91,164 $82,960 91.0
23 Virginia $90,972 $91,700 100.8
24 Arizona $90,612 $88,800 98.0
25 Missouri $89,966 $81,330 90.4
26 Florida $88,921 $87,410 98.3
27 Wisconsin $88,016 $85,200 96.8
28 Nebraska $87,478 $80,130 91.6
29 South Carolina $86,139 $85,450 99.2
30 Pennsylvania $85,848 $87,050 101.4
31 Idaho $84,364 $77,700 92.1
32 Minnesota $83,085 $83,750 100.8
33 Washington $81,682 $85,930 105.2
34 New Jersey $80,205 $97,770 121.9
35 Colorado $79,537 $82,560 103.8
36 North Dakota $78,591 $78,120 99.4
37 Montana $78,422 $79,050 100.8
38 Alaska $75,652 $99,180 131.1
39 Connecticut $75,184 $96,010 127.7
40 Oregon $74,299 $85,890 115.6
41 South Dakota $73,481 $76,200 103.7
42 California $71,456 $97,110 135.9
43 New Hampshire $70,837 $82,880 117.0
44 Rhode Island $69,469 $83,850 120.7
45 Maine $69,413 $76,910 110.8
46 Massachusetts $68,778 $91,750 133.4
47 Maryland $67,864 $85,170 125.5
48 New York $66,770 $87,470 131.0
49 Vermont $61,940 $75,010 121.1
50 Hawaii $53,924 $90,540 167.9
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