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Physical Therapist Earnings

The median annual wage for physical therapists was $82,390 in May 2014. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $56,800, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $116,090.

In May 2014, the median annual wages for physical therapists in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

  • Home healthcare services: $89,310
  • Nursing and residential care facilities: 88,930
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private: 83,380
  • Offices of physicians: 81,630
  • Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists: 79,130

Most physical therapists work full time. About 1 in 5 worked part time in 2014. Although most therapists work during normal business hours, some may work evenings or weekends.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

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