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
Gender Pay Gap For Physical Therapist
Women Earn 97¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men
Physical Therapist Gender Over Time
This data shows how men and women predominate in the physical therapist position over time.
Physical Therapist Gender By Year
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.
|Staff Nurse Midwife||2%||98%|
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 Race||Percentages|
|Hispanic or Latino||6.0%|
|Black or African American||3.9%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.3%|
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.
- Hispanic or Latino
- Black or African American
Physical Therapist Race By Year
|Year||White||Black or African American||Asian||Hispanic or Latino|
Physical Therapist Wage Gap By Race
|Black or African American||$77,295|
|Hispanic or Latino||$78,512|
Physical Therapist JOBS
Average Age of a Physical Therapist
We determined the average age of physical therapists based on ethnicity and gender.
Physical Therapist Age By Race
|Race||Male Age||Female Age|
|Black or African American||40.5||40.5|
|Hispanic or Latino||38.5||39|
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.
Physical Therapist Age
|Physical Therapist Years||Percentages|
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 Degree||Percentages|
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Physical Therapist Wage Gap By Education
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.
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
Physical Therapist Jobs By Employer Size
|< 50 employees||7%|
|50 - 100 employees||2%|
|100 - 500 employees||11%|
|500 - 1,000 employees||19%|
|1,000 - 10,000 employees||39%|
|> 10,000 employees||21%|
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.
Physical Therapist Jobs By Sector
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.
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
|Year||Physical Therapist Unemployment Rate|
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
Physical Therapist Tenure
|Number or Years||Percentages|
|Less than 1 year||28%|
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 Title||LGBT||Job Openings|
|Outpatient Pharmacist Manager||5.03%||52,894|
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