Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Physical Therapist Pay in the Top 20 Metro Areas

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 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 2019, the national mean wage for PTs 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 region-to-region in the average annual wages of PTs.  According to BLS data, as of May 2019 physical therapist pay in the top 20 metro areas looked as follows:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 17,790 $97,380
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 8,780 $98,610
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 8,440 $94,180
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4,680 $92,960
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,370 $85,620
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 4,610 $93,650
7 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 4,000 $84,160
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 5,560 $94,330
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 3,070 $87,710
10 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 2,630 $89,160
11 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 5,650 $90,260
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 3,050 $102,470
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 1,300 $102,260
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 4,020 $92,190
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 3,820 $89,150
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 2,960 $83,670
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 2,100 $95,520
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 2,210 $82,490
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 2,570 $87,610
20 St. Louis 2,300 $82,190
National 233,350 $90,170

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on October 28, 2020