Friday, September 18, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Physical Therapist Pay

There were just over 233,000 physical therapists (PTs) working in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Physical therapists work in varied healthcare settings, including offices of non-physician practitioners, hospitals, home health care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and in physician offices.  Like many other healthcare professionals with advanced technical skills and training, PTs generally earn more money than most occupations.  According to BLS estimates, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for physical therapists was $90,170 per year, well above the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  That said, there is significant disparity from state-to-state in the average annual wages earned by PTs.  According to BLS data, as of May 2019 these were the ten best pay states for physical therapists:

Nevada $108,550
Alaska $102,650
California $99,920
New Jersey $99,060
Connecticut $98,780
Delaware $96,520
New Mexico $94,430
Hawaii $92,650
Alabama $92,570
West Virginia $92,320

The bottom ten states for PT pay were:

New Hampshire $84,610
Minnesota $84,280
Missouri $84,180
Iowa $82,940
Montana $82,130
North Dakota $81,630
Vermont $81,020
Maine $80,380
Idaho $80,360
South Dakota $77,130

So where does your state rank for physical therapist pay?

Refer to Physical Therapist Average Wages by State for more information.