The 10 States With The Highest Physical Therapist Salaries For 2022

By Chris Kolmar - Apr. 11, 2022

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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.

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 physical therapist salaries:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Texas
  3. Alabama
  4. Georgia
  5. Indiana
  6. Louisiana
  7. Arkansas
  8. Nevada
  9. West Virginia
  10. New Mexico

To better understand how physical therapist 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.

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

How we determined physical therapist pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for physical therapists from the 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 $103510, so our index value would be:

$103,510 * (100 / 135.9) = $76,166

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 Mississippi $111,746 $95,990 85.9
2 Texas $108,423 $98,340 90.7
3 Alabama $103,300 $94,210 91.2
4 Georgia $102,822 $93,980 91.4
5 Indiana $101,798 $91,110 89.5
6 Louisiana $101,413 $96,140 94.8
7 Arkansas $101,251 $88,190 87.1
8 Nevada $100,880 $104,210 103.3
9 West Virginia $100,749 $94,100 93.4
10 New Mexico $100,715 $97,190 96.5
11 Tennessee $100,626 $89,960 89.4
12 Oklahoma $99,786 $89,010 89.2
13 Kansas $99,421 $89,380 89.9
14 Delaware $99,102 $100,490 101.4
15 Ohio $98,805 $92,680 93.8
16 Illinois $98,446 $93,130 94.6
17 Nebraska $97,336 $89,160 91.6
18 Wyoming $97,156 $89,190 91.8
19 Arizona $96,632 $94,700 98.0
20 Kentucky $96,011 $86,890 90.5
21 Utah $94,881 $88,240 93.0
22 Michigan $93,438 $83,160 89.0
23 Idaho $93,246 $85,880 92.1
24 Missouri $93,174 $84,230 90.4
25 Pennsylvania $93,096 $94,400 101.4
26 Washington $92,604 $97,420 105.2
27 Wisconsin $92,252 $89,300 96.8
28 Florida $92,197 $90,630 98.3
29 Iowa $92,153 $83,860 91.0
30 North Carolina $91,320 $85,750 93.9
31 Virginia $90,049 $90,770 100.8
32 Colorado $86,579 $89,870 103.8
33 Minnesota $85,684 $86,370 100.8
34 South Carolina $83,941 $83,270 99.2
35 Montana $82,003 $82,660 100.8
36 North Dakota $81,971 $81,480 99.4
37 New Jersey $81,648 $99,530 121.9
38 Rhode Island $80,845 $97,580 120.7
39 South Dakota $80,829 $83,820 103.7
40 Connecticut $79,232 $101,180 127.7
41 Oregon $78,243 $90,450 115.6
42 Maine $77,274 $85,620 110.8
43 California $76,166 $103,510 135.9
44 Alaska $73,974 $96,980 131.1
45 New Hampshire $73,692 $86,220 117.0
46 Maryland $72,278 $90,710 125.5
47 Vermont $70,553 $85,440 121.1
48 New York $70,145 $91,890 131.0
49 Massachusetts $68,845 $91,840 133.4
50 Hawaii $53,603 $90,000 167.9

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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