Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Physical Therapist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

Data released in 2023 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that, as of May 2022, there were over 229,700 physical therapists (PTs) working in the United States.  More than 55,200 physical therapists were employed in the twelve-state Southeastern U.S. as of May 2022.  BLS data reveals the Southeast region to be a mostly subpar one for PT pay, where practitioners often earn less than the national average annual mean wage for physical therapists.  No state in the region had an annual mean wage level for physical therapists that topped the profession's national average of $97,960, with more than half the states in the region ranking in the bottom half of all states for that pay metric.  A deeper examination of BLS data from May 2022 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 2,470 $97,120 13th
AR 1,930 $93,160 26th
FL 14,970 $91,730 34th
GA 5,990 $96,670 16th
KY 3,420 $86,220 49th
LA 2,910 $95,820 23rd
MS 1,820 $96,520 17th
NC 6,720 $92,200 30th
SC 3,110 $88,170 45th
TN 4,140 $91,630 35th
VA 6,610 $96,900 14th
WV 1,170 $93,000 28th
U.S. 229,740 $97,960 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on January 15, 2024

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