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How Much Does a Physical Therapist Earn In The United States?

Physical Therapist Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$69,000
$58,000
$69,000
$83,000
Physical therapists in the United States make an average salary of $69,890 per year or $33.6 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $58,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $83,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Alaska, Nevada, Washington, and Massachusetts provide the highest physical therapist salaries.
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Where Physical Therapists Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where physical therapists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Physical Therapists Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to California, Alaska and Nevada, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for physical therapists. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Rhode Island, Arkansas, and South Dakota.
Location
1. San Francisco, CA
$101,231
Avg. Salary
$54k
$119k
2. Arlington, MA
$76,238
Avg. Salary
$54k
$119k
3. Wilmington, DE
$74,370
Avg. Salary
$54k
$119k
4. Jackson, NJ
$73,982
Avg. Salary
$54k
$119k
5. Baltimore, MD
$73,086
Avg. Salary
$54k
$119k
6. Carlsbad, NM
$72,963
Avg. Salary
$54k
$119k

High Paying Physical Therapist Jobs

Which Companies Pay Physical Therapists The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as a physical therapist, being employed by a company such as Young Adult Institute or Research America would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Infinity and Nationwide Mutual Insurance .. also report highly competitive salaries for physical therapists.
Company
Avg. Salary
$76k
$101k
Avg. Salary
$76k
$101k
Avg. Salary
$76k
$101k
Avg. Salary
$76k
$101k
Avg. Salary
$76k
$101k

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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How would you rate the starting salaries for graduates in this field, as well as the salary prospects down the line as they advance in their careers?

Dr. Todd Roach D.C.

Assistant Professor of Biology, Aurora University

Starting salaries, fresh out of school, can vary depending on the desire to be an associate doctor in an established office or to create a practice. As an assistant doctor, there is usually a base monthly salary (typically $30k - $50k, in my experience) with the opportunity to increase that salary, based on the amount of revenue generated in practice. Successful associate doctors may also be able to negotiate some ownership in the existing rule. This is usually the most lucrative situation when someone is just out of college. This is also a great way to learn the aspects of a business which aren't covered in school. Starting a practice from scratch is a long road. There is a steep learning curve for most graduates, and it could take months to establish a stable income finally. Once the practice starts moving and becomes successful, there are more benefits and higher income opportunities.Show more

Physical Therapist Salary History

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    How Experience Affects Physical Therapist Salaries

    The salary for a physical therapist can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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    Boulder, CO
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    $70,728
    $70,728
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    Physical Therapist
    Physical Therapist
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    Alton, IL
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    01/29/2021
    $130,438
    $130,438
    01/29/2021
    Physical Therapist Inpatient (Variable Days)
    Physical Therapist Inpatient (Variable Days)
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    01/28/2021
    01/28/2021
    $79,556
    $79,556
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    Peace Health
    Physical Therapist-Fishers Landing Physical Therapy Clinic
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    Vancouver, WA
    Vancouver, WA
    01/28/2021
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    $77,198
    $77,198
    01/28/2021
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    Physical Therapist-Perm
    Physical Therapist-Perm
    Swainsboro, GA
    Swainsboro, GA
    01/28/2021
    01/28/2021
    $83,480
    $83,480
    01/28/2021
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    Physical Therapist-Fishers Landing Physical Therapy Clinic
    Vancouver, WA
    Vancouver, WA
    01/28/2021
    01/28/2021
    $77,198
    $77,198
    01/28/2021
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    Folsom Cordova Unified School District
    Physical Therapist, P-12 (Special Education)
    Physical Therapist, P-12 (Special Education)
    Physical Therapist, P-12 (Special Education)
    Rancho Cordova, CA
    Rancho Cordova, CA
    01/27/2021
    01/27/2021
    $97,463
    $97,463
    01/27/2021
    Physical Therapist
    Physical Therapist
    Newark, NJ
    Newark, NJ
    01/26/2021
    01/26/2021
    $84,524
    $84,524
    01/26/2021
    Careerstaff Unlimited
    Careerstaff Unlimited
    Physical Therapist--Home Health
    Physical Therapist--Home Health
    Physical Therapist--Home Health
    Enterprise, AL
    Enterprise, AL
    01/26/2021
    01/26/2021
    $93,915
    $93,915
    01/26/2021
    Therapist, Physical
    Therapist, Physical
    Dover, DE
    Dover, DE
    01/26/2021
    01/26/2021
    $68,120
    $68,120
    01/26/2021