Physical therapist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Physical therapist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $99,810
New Jersey $99,730
Nevada $99,360
Washington $99,330
Texas $99,040
Illinois $97,690
Delaware $97,630
West Virginia $96,970
Massachusetts $96,410
Rhode Island $95,930
Pennsylvania $95,890
District of Columbia $95,870
Mississippi $95,770
New York $95,620
Ohio $95,620
Arizona $95,590
Georgia $95,590
Louisiana $95,590
New Mexico $95,590
Wisconsin $95,480
Alabama $95,450
Florida $95,450
Indiana $95,390
Tennessee $95,370
Hawaii $95,110
Oregon $95,040
Maryland $94,960
Virginia $94,260
Arkansas $93,560
Colorado $93,100
Kansas $88,570
New Hampshire $83,700
Kentucky $81,850
Utah $81,190
Nebraska $80,990
Idaho $80,340
Minnesota $80,130
Michigan $79,870
South Carolina $79,830
Wyoming $79,630
North Carolina $79,240
Oklahoma $79,220
Maine $79,170
Missouri $79,050
Montana $78,950
Iowa $78,930
Vermont $78,320
North Dakota $78,270
South Dakota $78,040
Guam $60,340
Virgin Islands, U.S. $51,020
Puerto Rico $39,500
California $101,180
Connecticut $100,070

How much does a Physical Therapist earn?

As with most professions, salaries for physical therapists vary widely based on a therapist’s number of years in the industry. In fact, a therapist’s number of years in clinical practice plays a much larger role in determining salary than does his or her educational level. Entry-level physical therapists made an average of $66,000 in 2011, whereas physical therapists with 16 or more years of experience earned an average salary of $84,000. A therapist who falls somewhere between these two extremes—not fresh out of school, but not quite a seasoned vet—should expect to earn a salary somewhere near the national median ($82,390 in 2014).

Physical Therapist Compensation by Geographical Region

Additional factors such as geographic location and type of therapy facility also affect an individual's salary. For example, the average physical therapist salary in the nation's top-paying state, Nevada, is $127,900; whereas the average salary in the lowest-paying state, Montana, is $69,590. The highest paid in the physical therapist profession work in the metropolitan areas of Las Vegas, Laredo, Texas, and Brownsville, Texas. The Lake Havasu City, Arizona area also pays well, as does the city of Vallejo, California.

How do physical therapist salaries compare to similar careers?

Physical therapists earn 11% less than similar careers in New Hampshire. On average, they make less than health services managers but more than MRI technologists.

Career Median Salary
Health services manager salary $103K
Optometrist salary $122K
Nurse practitioner salary $121K
Radiation therapist salary $96K
Nuclear medicine technologist salary $81K
Physical therapist salary $84K
Diagnostic medical sonographer salary $81K
Audiologist salary $78K
Occupational therapist salary $79K
MRI technologist salary $80K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)