Physical Therapist Salary


The salary for a physical therapist will fluctuate from location to location like most jobs and will also be affected by factors like experience, work environment, and specific employers.  According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics May 2012 report, the mean average salary of physical therapists was $$81,110. The physical therapist median annual salary ranged from a pay scale of the lowest 10th percentile at $55,620, the 50th percentile at $79,860, and the top 10th percentile at $112,020.

The type of work environment also affects how much a physical therapist makes. The majority is salaried and employed through offices of health practitioners and hospitals. By industry, the annual average salary of physical therapists in offices of other health practitioners and general medical and surgical hospitals were right at around the national average. Other physical therapist may own their own private office, work as consultants for industry and commercial companies, or have contracts such as home health. Those working in special academic settings, consulting, and home health made almost $10,000 more than the national number. The annual mean salary for a home health physical therapist was $90,440. Physical therapist salaries by state ranged from $64,350 in North Dakota to $110,670 in Nevada. Over 30 states had an annual mean wage over $75,000.

Physical Therapist Salary by State

Occupation: Physical Therapists (SOC code 291123)
Period: May 2012

State Employment(1) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage(2)

Alabama

2130 $38.85 $80,810

Alaska

410 $43.25 $89,950

Arizona

4040 $39.37 $81,870

Arkansas

1620 $36.37 $75,640

California

16,150 $42.97 $89,370

Colorado

4030 $35.13 $73,080

Connecticut

3370 $40.73 $84,720

Delaware

550 $41.39 $86,090

D.C.

570 $39.29 $81,720

Florida

11,820 $39.80 $82,770

Georgia

4350 $38.56 $80,210

Hawaii

840 $37.88 $78,800

Idaho

940 $35.35 $73,520

Illinois

9070 $37.35 $77,680

Indiana

4410 $37.62 $78,250

Iowa

1860 $38.85 $80,800

Kansas

1580 $35.95 $74,780

Kentucky

2330 $39.58 $82,330

Louisiana

2300 $38.16 $79,370

Maine

1360 $37.93 $78,890

Maryland

4090 $41.16 $85,610

Massachusetts

6990 $38.27 $79,600

Michigan

7560 $38.01 $79,060

Minnesota

3320 $35.92 $74,720

Mississippi

1650 $37.90 $78,830

Missouri

4210 $35.24 $73,290

Montana

890 $32.15 $66,880

Nebraska

1390 $36.25 $75,410

Nevada

1200 $53.21 $110,670

New Hampshire

1130 $35.65 $74,160

New Jersey

6410 $43.19 $89,830

New Mexico

1050 $39.00 $81,120

New York

13930 $37.93 $78,890

North Carolina

5010 $36.89 $76,740

North Dakota

520 $30.94 $64,350

Ohio

7270 $38.88 $80,870

Oklahoma

1850 $37.26 $77,510

Oregon

2340 $38.00 $79,050

Pennsylvania

9670 $36.64 $76,210

Puerto Rico

550 $19.13 $39,800

Rhode Island

1130 $40.75 $84,750

South Carolina

2670 $35.97 $74,820

South Dakota

600 $33.81 $70,330

Tennessee

4220 $37.78 $78,580

Texas

11750 $43.17 $89,790

Utah

1510 $39.08 $81,280

Vermont

630 $35.13 $73,070

Virginia

4870 $40.24 $83,690

Washington

4170 $38.63 $80,360

West Virginia

1120 $38.79 $80,690

Wisconsin

4230 $37.52 $78,050

Wyoming

390 $38.33 $79,720
Footnotes:
(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.
(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by 2,080 hours; where an hourly mean wage is not published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.
(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $70.00 per hour or $145,600 per year.