Physical Therapist Salary

physical therapists work with patients to increase mobility, increase strength, and decrease pain. They use exercise, heat, cold, and other therapy to restore function.

Therapist helps with gait training. physical therapists work with patients to increase mobility, increase strength, and decrease pain. They use exercise, heat, cold, and other therapy to restore function.

The average Physical Therapist Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Physical Therapists work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools.

The average salary varies depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the physical therapists reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

Alternate Titles:  Physiotherapist or Physical Rehabilitation Therapist

Median Hourly & Annual Data

Hourly Wage

$26.74

$32.19 $38.39 $44.64 $53.86

Annual Wage

$55,620 $66,950 $79,860 $92,860 $112,020

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Hourly

The average salary is $38.39 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $26.74  per hour and those in the upper 10% earn $53.86 per hour or more.

Annually

On an annual basis the average salary is $79,860. The lowest 10% earn $55,620 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $112,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

Lowest and Highest Physical Therapist Salary

The lowest paid Physical Therapist earns less than $55,000 annually while the highest paid Physical Therapist earns more than $120,000 per year.

Top 5 States

The best states to earn a Physical Therapist salary are Nevada $110,670, Alaska 89,950, New Jersey $89,830, Texas $89,790 ,  and California $89,370. 

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas for Physical therapists

The 5 best city or metropolitan areas to earn a Physical Therapist salary are  Las Vegas NV $117,130, Fairbanks AK 109,370, Jacksonville FL $106,790, McAllen-Edinburg TX $106,280, and Roanoke VA $105,930. 

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Canada Physiotherapist Salary

In Canada, where physical therapists are called physiotherapists, the average annual salary is $85,280 CAD.  This is approximately $41 CAD per hour.  At current exchange rates the annual wage is $76,752 in US dollars.  There is variation between the provinces with a range of approximately $36 to $43 CAD per hour.

United Kingdom (UK) Physiotherapist Salary

The average annual salary for a physical therapist or physiotherapist in the United Kingdom is £25,598 GBP.   The lower 10% earn approximately £19,500 while the upper 10% earn  £49,000 per year.  In U.S. dollars the average annual salary of a physiotherapist in the United Kingdom is $43,516 per year.

Australia (AUS) Physiotherapist Salary

The average annual salary for a physical therapist or physiotherapist in Australia is $59,518 AUD.  The lower 10% earn about $44,000 AUD while the upper 10% earn $81,000 AUD or more.  At current exchange rates the average physiotherapist salary in Australia is approximately $53,566 USD per year.

Other Industries that Employ Physical Therapists or Physiotherapists.

Local government, schools and colleges and employment agencies also provide employment opportunities for these professionals. A small number are also employed in daycare, the military and recreational settings.


Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor there were over  191,460 working in the U.S. in 2012.  This represents an increase of 3% from the 185,440 Physical Therapists reported in the 2010 update. 

Where They Work

Of all the Physical Therapists employed in the United States 62,000 of them work in the offices of physicians and other healthcare providers. An additional 49,000 work in hospitals. Home health care employs 23,000 and nursing care facilities account for an additional 13,000.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Physical Therapists are uniquely positioned to operate in a private practice setting. Working with other healthcare professionals they can independently provide services and therapy. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy in a state by state survey lists more than 227,000 Physical Therapists in practice. A significant number of physical therapists are self employed.

Benefits

Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors.  A typical employment benefits package can be worth over $20,000 per year.