Chiropractor earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Chiropractor salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Rhode Island $73,930
New Jersey $104,360
Delaware $118,370
Alaska $100,190
Tennessee $100,040
Indiana $66,580
Nevada $78,690
Maryland $81,410
North Carolina $76,660
Ohio $83,220
South Dakota $73,160
Florida $63,070
New York $77,610
West Virginia $64,780
Massachusetts $83,480
New Hampshire $70,470
South Carolina $60,130
Georgia $58,360
Maine $79,940
Alabama $67,420
Mississippi $76,280
Colorado $52,210
California $72,640
Wisconsin $70,810
Connecticut $62,750
Oklahoma $63,400
Iowa $74,380
Virginia $71,480
Oregon $62,340
Kansas $59,740
Nebraska $56,280
New Mexico $69,840
Minnesota $67,480
Pennsylvania $67,270
Louisiana $65,240
Michigan $61,700
Illinois $59,090
Arizona $67,100
North Dakota $61,450
Vermont $50,710
Texas $54,660
Wyoming $55,740
Montana $59,840
Kentucky $51,740
Arkansas $34,510
Washington $55,140
Utah $59,540
Missouri $52,910
Idaho $48,050
Puerto Rico $49,510

How much does a Chiropractor earn?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, chiropractors earn a median annual salary of $66,720. The BLS says the lowest 10 percent of chiropractors earn less than $31,400.

If you have strong marketing skills, you may do well in a solo or group practice. Securing a steady and healthy salary with a solo practice comes from building a strong clientele, but it takes time and plenty of networking. If the thought of going out on your own right after graduating is not a comfortable one, consider working in a group practice or hospital where you can continue to learn from others and gain the confidence to eventually run your own business. If you choose to work in a group practice, you might consider working towards becoming a partner, while a hospital setting allows you the chance to move your way up the ladder.

You can also increase your earning potential by having a specialization. If you’re an expert in a certain medical area, you may be able to charge a higher fee for your expertise. Another option is to partner with a medical doctor, as you can refer patients to each other.

Another factor that may affect your salary is location, as where you practice can make a difference. The five best paying states for chiropractors are Alaska ($157,420), Ohio ($126,060), North Carolina ($113,330), Massachusetts ($106,340), and Washington ($97,160). The five best cities or metropolitan areas to earn a chiropractor salary are Spokane WA ($173,220), Anchorage AK ($167,280), Camden NJ ($158,270), Akron OH ($152,870), and Rockford IL ($146,900).

How do chiropractor salaries compare to similar careers?

Chiropractors earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than podiatrists but more than art therapists.

Career Median Salary
Podiatrist salary $128K
Veterinarian salary $73K
Acupuncturist salary $60K
Massage therapist salary $35K
Naturopathic physician salary $74K
Chiropractor salary $69K
Coroner salary $68K
Midwife salary $52K
Music therapist salary $48K
Art therapist salary $48K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)