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Physical Therapist Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, physical therapists earn average salaries of $50,000 annually. Physical therapists with annual earnings in the upper percentile can earn more than $100,000, while those with annual salaries in the 50th percentile typically make $75,000 a year.

During 2009, physical therapists earning hourly wages in the bottom 10th percentile made up to $25.08 an hour, while those in the upper 10th percentile made at least $50.92 an hour. During this same timeframe, average hourly wages for these specialists was $36.64 across the nation, which equates to more than $76,000 a year. The median hourly wage for physical therapists was $35.81 an hour, equating to $74,480 annually.

During 2009, more than 61,000 physical therapists worked at doctors’ offices and other small medical clinics, while more than 47,000 practiced at surgical and general care hospitals. During this same timeframe, more than 11,000 physical therapists were employed at assisted living facilities.

As of 2009, physical therapists employed in technical consulting, research, and management positions earned average salaries exceeding $88,000 a year. Physical therapists employed in the individual and family services industry averaged just over $80,390 a year, while those working at assisted living facilities averaged about $79,000 annually. Physical therapists specializing in office administrative services averaged just over $79,000 a year.

During 2009, physical therapists practicing in Alaska earned the highest wages nationwide, averaging $87,410 a year, while those employed in Maryland, averaged $86,190 annually. Other states where physical therapists average high annual wages include Nevada, $85,000; New Jersey, $83,780; and California, $83,740.

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