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How Much Does A Physical Therapist Make?

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The salary of a physical therapist can vary due to numerous variables such as your specialty, experience level, location, facility, whether to take on a permanent or travel assignment. The current median salary for a physical therapy job in the United States is $75,081 (according to Salary.com).  

From a data sample of 3,544 physical therapists, PayScale.com reports that a newly licensed therapist entering the job market can expect to make between $47,719 and $69,858 per year. While someone with 20 or more years can expect to make between $51,556 and $98,281.

 

With just over 198,000 PTs in the United States and a low 5.5% unemployment rate, there is a high demand for physical therapists in today’s job market. The employment growth in this field is expected to grow by 39% over the next decade.  Travel physical therapy jobs tend to pay more and can have really nice benefits.

 

Salary By Years of Experience

Less Than 1 year $47,719 – $69,858
1-4 Years $49,542 – $74,685
5-9 Years $53,910 – $83,358
10-19 Years $51,990 – $93,081
20 years or more $51,556 – $98,281

Source: PayScale.com | Updated:May 19, 2012| Individuals Reporting: 3,544

 

Salary By Skills/Specialty

Orthopedics $55,218 – $82,912
Geriatrics $55,255 – $87,540
Pediatrics $42,048 – $77,737
Rehabilitation $46,127 – $79,479
Home Health $51,207 – $95,323
Acute Care $54,346 – $87,585
Wound Care $55,724 – $85,405
Neurology Clinic $32,449 – $116,350
Health and Wellness $35,479 – $88,769

Source: PayScale.com | Updated:May 19, 2012| Individuals Reporting: 962

 

Salary By Gender

Female $50,093 – $80,021
Male $50,557 – $82,124

PayScale.com | Updated:May 19, 2012| Individuals Reporting: 1,562

 

Salary By State

The average nationwide physical therapist salary posted on Indeed was $90,000.  Average physical therapist salaries for job postings nationwide are 27% higher than average salaries for all job postings nationwide.

Highest Salary For Physical Therapist

Mississippi $109,000 (+20%)
New York $106,000 (+17%)
Massachusetts $104,000 (+15%)
California $98,000 (+8%)
Connecticut $97,000 (+7%)
Georgia $97,000 (+7%)
Lowest Salary For Physical Therapist

Hawaii $67,000 (-26%)
Louisiana $71,000 (-21%)
Nebraska $74,000 (-19%)
South Dakota $75,000 (-18%)
Wisconsin $75,000 (-17%)

Indeed.com | Updated: May 29,2012 |Average Salary of Jobs with “Physcial Therapist” Title

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