Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for physical therapists in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 110,566 physical therapists currently employed in the United States.
  • 63.7% of all physical therapists are women, while 36.3% are men.
  • The average age of an employed physical therapist is 41 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of physical therapists is White (73.9%), followed by Asian (13.7%), Hispanic or Latino (6.0%) and Black or African American (3.9%).
  • Physical therapists are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  • The professional industry is the highest-paying for physical therapists.
  • San Francisco, CA pays an annual average wage of $109,793, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 97% of what men earned.
  • 11% of all physical therapists are LGBT.
  • Washington is the best state for physical therapists to live.
  • Physical therapists are 76% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Physical Therapist Statistics By Gender

63.7% of physical therapists are women and 36.3% of physical therapists are men.

  • Female, 63.7%
  • Male, 36.3%

Physical Therapists By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female63.7%
Male36.3%

Gender Pay Gap For Physical Therapist

Women Earn 97¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$79,983
female-income
Female Income
$77,916

Physical Therapist Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the physical therapist position over time.

Male
Female
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60%
40%
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2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Physical Therapist Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201038.07%61.93%
201133.99%66.01%
201237.68%62.32%
201334.56%65.44%
201435.63%64.37%
201535.37%64.63%
201636.37%63.63%
201739.74%60.26%
201836.40%63.60%
201937.63%62.37%

Physical Therapist Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, flight surgeon and optometrist, owner have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Staff Nurse Midwife2%98%
Perinatal Nurse3%97%
Therapeutic Dietitian3%97%
Physical Therapist36%64%
Radiology Resident75%25%
Optometrist, Owner76%24%
Flight Surgeon82%18%

Physical Therapist Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among physical therapists is White, which makes up 73.9% of all physical therapists. Comparatively, there are 13.7% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

  • White, 73.9%
  • Asian, 13.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 6.0%
  • Black or African American, 3.9%
  • Unknown, 2.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3%

Physical Therapist Race

Physical Therapist RacePercentages
White73.9%
Asian13.7%
Hispanic or Latino6.0%
Black or African American3.9%
Unknown2.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.3%

Physical Therapist Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among physical therapists.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Physical Therapist Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201076.58%3.64%12.45%5.60%
201177.09%4.41%11.50%5.67%
201274.37%4.83%13.06%6.03%
201374.92%3.87%12.95%6.14%
201475.09%4.39%12.49%5.99%
201574.87%4.21%12.35%6.04%
201674.74%4.44%13.00%6.23%
201775.65%3.59%12.45%6.64%
201874.73%3.50%13.47%6.42%
201973.90%3.92%13.67%6.01%

Physical Therapist Wage Gap By Race

Asian physical therapists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american physical therapists have the lowest average salary at $77,295.
$83,000
$82,000
$81,000
$80,000
$79,000
$78,000
$77,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$79,052
White$78,377
Black or African American$77,295
Asian$81,510
Hispanic or Latino$78,512

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Average Age of a Physical Therapist

We determined the average age of physical therapists based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Physical Therapist Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown3333
White4040
Black or African American40.540.5
Asian4242
Hispanic or Latino38.539

Physical Therapist Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of physical therapist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of physical therapists is 40+ years old, which represents 52% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Physical Therapist Age

Physical Therapist YearsPercentages
40+ years52%
30-40 years34%
20-30 years14%

Types of Physical Therapist Degree Levels

The most common degree for physical therapists is bachelor's degree 58% of physical therapists earn that degree. A close second is doctoral degree with 17% and rounding it off is master's degree with 14%.

  • Bachelors, 58%
  • Doctorate, 17%
  • Masters, 14%
  • Associate, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 5%

Physical Therapists By Education

Physical Therapist DegreePercentages
Bachelors58%
Doctorate17%
Masters14%
Associate6%
Other Degrees5%

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Physical Therapist Wage Gap By Education

Physical therapists with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $77,916 annually. With a Bachelors degree, physical therapists earn a median annual income of $75,855 compared to $75,200 for physical therapists with an Doctorate degree.
$79,000
$78,000
$77,000
$76,000
$75,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$77,916
Bachelor's Degree$75,855
Doctorate Degree$75,200

Physical Therapist Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where physical therapists work. We found most physical therapists work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most physical therapists is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire physical therapists.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Physical Therapist Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees7%
50 - 100 employees2%
100 - 500 employees11%
500 - 1,000 employees19%
1,000 - 10,000 employees39%
> 10,000 employees21%

The Types Of Companies Physical Therapist Work In

Employees with the physical therapist job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most physical therapists prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Physical Therapist Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education5%
Public15%
Private76%
Government5%

Top Industries Hiring Physical Therapists

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ physical therapists. Those industries include health care, professional and technology.

Health Care

Professional

Technology

Non Profits

Education

Physical Therapist Turnover And Employment Statistics

Physical Therapist Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of physical therapists changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Physical Therapist Unemployment Rate By Year

YearPhysical Therapist Unemployment Rate
20100.98%
20110.87%
20121.18%
20130.95%
20140.81%
20150.54%
20160.64%
20170.42%
20180.50%
20190.84%

The Average Number of Years That Physical Therapist Stay in a Job

By looking over 29,666 physical therapists resumes, we figured out that the average physical therapist enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 31%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Physical Therapist Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year28%
1-2 years31%
3-4 years12%
5-7 years15%
8-10 years6%
11+ years8%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Physical Therapists with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to physical therapists.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Outpatient Pharmacist Manager5.03%52,894
Ob/Gyn Nurse8.34%33,058
Physical Therapist11.41%
Physician-Internist13.39%38,382
Optometrist/Practice Owner13.47%59,755
Auricular Therapist16.48%20,685
Colorectal Surgeon20.24%3,456

Physical Therapist LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Outpatient Pharmacist Manager5.03%52,894
Ob/Gyn Nurse8.34%33,058
Physician-Internist13.39%38,382
Optometrist/Practice Owner13.47%59,755
Auricular Therapist16.48%20,685
Colorectal Surgeon20.24%3,456

Foreign Languages Spoken By Physical Therapists

The most common foreign language among physical therapists is Spanish at 47.9%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Hindi at 8.3% and Gujarati is the third-most popular at 4.5%.

  • Spanish, 47.9%
  • Hindi, 8.3%
  • Gujarati, 4.5%
  • Portuguese, 4.4%
  • French, 3.8%
  • Other, 31.1%

Physical Therapist Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish47.9%
Hindi8.3%
Gujarati4.5%
Portuguese4.4%
French3.8%
Other31.1%

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Physical Therapist Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a physical therapist can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of physical therapists is $91,490. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Physical Therapists Earn The Most?

Physical therapists earn the most in California, where the average physical therapist salary is $106,493. The map here shows where physical therapists earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Physical Therapists?

By looking through more than 29,666 resumes, we found that the most popular places for physical therapists are New York, NY and Chicago, IL.

Number of Physical Therapists

Number Of Physical Therapist Jobs By State

Where Are Physical Therapists In High Demand?

Physical therapists are in high demand in New York, NY. There are currently 199 job openings for physical therapists here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country physical therapists are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Physical Therapist Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Physical Therapists Are Female?

62.4% of physical therapists are female in the United States. This is -1.2 percentage points lower than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female physical therapists has increased by 0.4 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 68,993 female physical therapists in the U.S. and 41,573 male physical therapists in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 110,566 people with the specific job title of physical therapist and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Physical Therapist Are There In The Us?

There are over 106,775 Physical Therapists in the United States.

What Percentage Of Physical Therapists Are Black?

3.9% of Physical Therapists are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Physical Therapists?

Most a are White, with 73.9% of Physical Therapists belonging to this ethnicity. 13.7% of Physical Therapists are Asian, 6.0% of Physical Therapists are Hispanic or Latino, 3.9% of Physical Therapists are Black or African American, 2.2% of Physical Therapists are Unknown, and 0.3% of Physical Therapists are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Physical Therapist Jobs Male - Dominated ?

No, Physical Therapist jobs are not male - dominated. 63% of Physical Therapists are female, and 36% are male, so there are more female Physical Therapists than male Physical Therapists in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Physical Therapist ?

The average Physical Therapist is 41 years old. 52% of Physical Therapists are 40+ years old or older, 34% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 14% are between 20-30 years old

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