Physical therapists are about average in terms of happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, physical therapists rate their career happiness 3.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 45% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy physical therapists are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Biomedical engineer
3.4
$88k
Endoscopy technician
3.4
$38k
Clinical psychologist
3.3
$78k
Exercise physiologist
3.3
$49k
Phlebotomist
3.3
$31k
Physical therapist
3.3
$79k
Radiation therapist
3.2
$86k
Community health worker
3.2
$39k
Medical assistant
3.2
$29k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are physical therapists happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do physical therapists find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as physical therapists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are physical therapist’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are physical therapists making the best use of their abilities?

Are physical therapists happy with their salary?