Sunday, September 18, 2022

Physical Therapist Pay in the Top 20 Metro Areas

There were just over 225,300 physical therapists (PTs) working in the U.S. as of May 2021 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Physical therapists work in various settings, including offices of non-physician practitioners, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, physician offices, and home health care agencies.  Like many other healthcare professionals with advanced skills and training, physical therapists generally earn more money than workers in most occupations.  Per BLS estimates as of May 2021, the national mean wage for PTs was $92,920 per year.  That said, there is significant disparity from region-to-region in the average annual wages of PTs.  According to BLS data, as of May 2021 physical therapist pay in the top 20 metro areas looked as follows:

Physical Therapist Pay in the Top 20 Metro Areas

Metropolitan Area # Employed Mean Annual Wage
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 16,100 $98,870
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 9,530 $94,940
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 7,140 $94,810
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,920 $96,980
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,060 $101,550
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 3,730 $97,770
7 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 5,880 $98,800
8 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 3,730 $91,450
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 3,060 $96,920
10 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 5,700 $91,970
11 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 2,870 $95,400
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 3,050 $118,370
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 1,750 $107,390
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 3,490 $83,310
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 2,530 $101,490
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 3,140 $86,990
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 2,050 $104,360
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 2,090 $92,420
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 2,690 $92,570
20 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson 2,110 $89,810
National 225,350 $92,920

Report Period:  May 2021
Top 20 U.S. Metro areas from 2020 Census
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Occupational Statistics
Data extracted on September 14, 2022