Thursday, February 4, 2021

20 Best Metro Markets for Physical Therapist Pay

Previously, we examined Physical Therapist Pay in the Top 20 Metro Areas.  The largest U.S. metropolitan areas most definitely have more physical therapists employed in them than do smaller metro areas.  However, better average compensation levels are frequently found in smaller metro areas. This can be readily seen in May 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which reveals that none of the 20 largest metro areas in the nation were among the 20 best metro markets for physical therapist pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Yuba City, CA 50 $116,360
2 Bakersfield, CA 300 $116,120
3 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,130 $113,950
4 Great Falls, MT 80 $113,180
5 Ames, IA 50 $112,980
6 Ithaca, NY 80 $110,340
7 Merced, CA 50 $110,020
8 Victoria, TX 40 $109,980
9 Visalia-Porterville, CA 180 $109,470
10 California-Lexington Park, MD 30 $108,400
11 Gadsden, AL 140 $107,460
12 Chico, CA 120 $107,270
13 Anchorage, AK 420 $106,870
14 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 240 $106,800
15 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 700 $106,460
16 Salinas, CA N/R $106,410
17 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 1,130 $104,700
18 Modesto, CA 250 $104,540
19 Port St. Lucie, FL 240 $104,340
20 Laredo, TX 90 $104,120
National 233,350 $90,170

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on October 31, 2020