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Physical Therapist Salary

There are many factors that affect a physical therapist salary. For instance, where you live will affect how much you’ll earn. The cost of living in your area will cause the average physical therapist salaries in your area to go up or down, accordingly. And of course, your education will factor into the equation, and post-degree certification as well. Do you specialize? Are you board certified? All these things play a part in how much you could earn.

Your work environment will also determine your pay. If you work for a large company, they may be able to offer more in terms of salary and benefits. Your area of specialty or type of certifications you earn can also influence your earning potential.

To get started, take a look what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites as median annual PT salaries by state:

Physical Therapists

National data

Median Salary: $91,010

Bottom 10%: $63,530

Top 10%: $126,780

Projected job growth: 18.2%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alabama $92,200 $64,630 $129,480
Alaska $98,770 $65,680 $145,700
Arizona $90,240 $67,660 $124,030
Arkansas $84,950 $51,390 $123,870
California $105,910 $68,060 $142,480
Colorado $85,440 $61,540 $119,500
Connecticut $97,250 $72,490 $132,630
Delaware $96,060 $68,810 $128,960
District of Columbia $93,000 $69,940 $128,190
Florida $87,800 $48,460 $119,430
Georgia $86,950 $59,210 $124,640
Hawaii $89,600 $66,940 $129,390
Idaho $82,850 $50,590 $110,770
Illinois $95,470 $66,980 $134,480
Indiana $88,210 $61,340 $113,480
Iowa $81,580 $60,720 $110,060
Kansas $92,140 $65,300 $123,980
Kentucky $86,020 $61,560 $113,700
Louisiana $89,220 $60,280 $131,730
Maine $81,560 $63,070 $104,960
Maryland $91,510 $49,900 $124,770
Massachusetts $88,820 $61,500 $116,290
Michigan $86,780 $65,740 $110,670
Minnesota $86,280 $68,850 $105,170
Mississippi $91,540 $68,940 $122,020
Missouri $85,460 $59,190 $108,310
Montana $81,440 $63,080 $110,690
Nebraska $85,280 $66,010 $110,350
Nevada $99,670 $72,220 $175,010
New Hampshire $85,170 $66,280 $104,790
New Jersey $100,390 $72,010 $131,920
New Mexico $93,310 $66,190 $151,620
New York $91,770 $66,630 $125,910
North Carolina $86,450 $63,270 $113,230
North Dakota $83,830 $67,530 $105,690
Ohio $89,680 $64,160 $121,300
Oklahoma $93,010 $59,900 $129,680
Oregon $90,200 $68,950 $116,580
Pennsylvania $89,140 $62,720 $127,130
Rhode Island $85,930 $58,860 $116,480
South Carolina $88,270 $51,280 $112,140
South Dakota $78,980 $58,040 $101,520
Tennessee $88,880 $52,730 $118,100
Texas $90,630 $52,710 $129,990
Utah $83,010 $58,260 $118,480
Vermont $77,800 $55,610 $103,250
Virginia $94,230 $69,710 $125,600
Washington $92,660 $66,850 $116,120
West Virginia $85,950 $62,460 $132,110
Wisconsin $88,460 $66,540 $113,780
Wyoming $88,240 $68,390 $119,100

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2020 median salary; projected job growth through 2029. Actual salaries vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

How Do Physical Therapist Salaries Compare?

PT vs. Other Health Occupations Salaries

Healthcare Field

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • PT Assistants and Aides
  • Recreational Therapists

Average Annual Salary

  • $85,010
  • $67,520
  • $58,520
  • $51,130

Physical Therapist Job Outlook

Employment of physical therapists

18%

through 2029, much faster than average for all professions.

Demand for physical therapy services will come, in large part, due to the aging baby boomer population, who are staying active. And as advancements in medical technology increase the use of outpatient surgery to treat injuries and illnesses, physical therapists will continue to play an important role in recovering quickly.

Job opportunities are likely to be strong for licensed physical therapists in all settings. They may be found particularly in acute hospital, skilled nursing, and orthopedic settings, where the elderly are most often treated. And the outlook is especially favorable in rural areas, because many physical therapists live in highly populated urban and suburban areas.

Student Loan Forgiveness for Physical Therapists

When you’re considering your financial outlook as a physical therapist, don’t forget about the student loan forgiveness options available to healthcare workers. Depending on career path and other factors, many physical therapists and physical therapy assistants may qualify. There are full and partial loan forgiveness programs at the federal and state level, as well as for people in public service careers. If you’re interested in a physical therapy career, it’s a good idea to explore your student loan forgiveness options in advance so you can be aware of what’s available as you enter the job market.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics.

*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.