Monday, August 16, 2021

Physical Therapist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

Data released earlier this year by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that, as of May 2020, there were almost 221,000 physical therapists (PTs) working in the United States.  More than 51,000 physical therapists were employed in the twelve-state Southeastern U.S. as of May 2020.  The Southeast region is a mostly subpar one for PT pay, where practitioners earn less than the national average annual mean wage for physical therapists.  Although three states in the region (Alabama, Mississippi and Virginia) rank among the top 15 states for PT annual mean wages, 75% of the region's physical therapists live in a state where PT annual mean wage levels are below the national average.  A deeper examination of BLS data from May 2020 reveals the following about physical therapist pay in the Southeastern U.S.:

Physical Therapist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.
Physical Therapist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 2,440 $93,310 11th
AR 1,950 $84,410 46th
FL 13,630 $85,410 40th
GA 5,610 $88,950 27th
KY 2,730 $86,040 37th
LA 2,660 $91,880 16th
MS 1,490 $91,960 14th
NC 6,070 $86,890 33rd
SC 2,940 $84,640 44th
TN 4,490 $86,090 36th
VA 6,210 $94,370 10th
WV 1,230 $90,840 22nd
U.S. 220,870 $91,680 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 2, 2021

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