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Professional Physical Therapists

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Professional Physical Therapists



Training and Education

Expect to need to get a master’s degree if you pursue this occupation. 89% of employees have a bachelor’s degree. 9 of people working as professional physical therapists have had some college education but stopped short of a degree. About 2% of those working as workers have a high-school diploma but no further education.



Part-Time Work and Self-Employment

About 23% of employees work fewer than 40 hours per week. About 8% of professional physical therapists are self-employed.



Area Job Conditions

Jobs per capita for employees are most common in Sherman (Texas) Missoula (Montana) and Waterbury (Connecticut) and least common in Beaumont (Texas) Visalia (California) and Clarksville (Tennessee).

Jobs for professional physical therapists pay the most in Laredo (Texas) Wichita Falls (Texas) and Alexandria (Louisiana) and the least in Las Cruces (New Mexico) Albany (Georgia) and Honolulu (Hawaii).



Video Overview

A brief introduction to the physical therapist career. Produced for the US Dept. of Labor.



Salaries by City

See typical salaries and ranges for this career below*. Shift click to sort by more than one column — for example first shift-click on state and then shift-click on salary to find best and worst salaries in each state.

StateCity / RegionTypical SalarySalary RangeJob Count% of All Jobs
AKAnchorage$87730$68K – $118K2400.14%
AKFairbanks$112510$74K – $141K700.20%
ALAuburn – Opelika$73500$60K – $94K700.15%
ALBirmingham – Hoover$77720$57K – $113K7500.15%
ALDecatur$92010$53K – $116K500.09%
ALDothan$92360$65K – $123K600.11%
ALFlorence – Muscle Shoals$75440$63K – $111KN/AN/A
ALGadsden$89070$68K – $126K900.25%
ALHuntsville$77290$29K – $111K2400.12%
ALMobile$72430$45K – $92K1900.12%
ALMontgomery$75490$57K – $108K1300.08%
ALTuscaloosa$88100$62K – $129K600.06%
ARFayetteville – Springdale – Rogers$83310$63K – $111K1700.09%
ARFort Smith$74040$41K – $113K1400.12%
ARHot Springs$61460$51K – $110K900.25%
ARJonesboro$79950$62K – $113K900.19%
ARLittle Rock – North Little Rock – Conway$74890$47K – $96K6600.20%
AZFlagstaff$75300$54K – $94K800.15%
AZLake Havasu City $ Kingman$89660$62K – $157K800.18%
AZPhoenix – Mesa – Glendale$76410$60K – $113K29600.17%
AZPrescott$77350$62K – $95K1600.30%
AZTucson$80220$55K – $120K5800.17%
AZYuma$19400$17K – $94KN/AN/A
CABakersfield – Delano$92220$64K – $116K2300.08%
CAChico$87870$68K – $129K600.09%
CAEl Centro$101340$79K – $120KN/AN/A
CAFresno$83620$57K – $111K3200.10%
CALos Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale (Metro Area)$88370$66K – $115K48800.13%
CAMerced$82580$48K – $110K500.09%
CAModesto$91370$78K – $116K1300.09%
CANapa$94940$63K – $120K600.10%
CAOakland – Fremont – Hayward (Metro Area)$95230$72K – $119K11100.11%
CAOxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura$82710$64K – $104K4400.15%
CARedding$87260$64K – $121K1100.19%
CARiverside – San Bernardino – Ontario$84300$64K – $110K11000.10%
CASacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville$94040$75K – $116K7100.09%
CASalinas$87860$36K – $116K1300.08%
CASan Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos$86630$65K – $120K14000.11%
CASan Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City (Metro Area)$91460$69K – $115K6700.07%
CASan Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara$94080$75K – $118K8000.09%
CASan Luis Obispo – Paso Robles$86980$60K – $115K1200.12%
CASanta Ana – Anaheim – Irvine (Metro Area)$87340$64K – $113K20200.14%
CASanta Barbara – Santa Maria – Goleta$84690$66K – $101K2500.15%
CASanta Cruz – Watsonville$84290$66K – $104K700.08%
CASanta Rosa – Petaluma$84230$60K – $119K2100.12%
CAStockton$87490$70K – $118K2300.12%
CAVallejo – Fairfield$96360$80K – $122K1700.14%
CAVisalia – Porterville$95760$58K – $120KN/AN/A
CAYuba City$85320$65K – $110K300.10%
COBoulder$69270$43K – $90K3400.21%
COColorado Springs$69310$51K – $93K5200.21%
CODenver – Aurora – Broomfield$71720$51K – $104K20300.16%
COFort Collins – Loveland$68690$46K – $96K2800.21%
COGrand Junction$72470$52K – $93K1300.23%
COGreeley$68870$41K – $93K1100.14%
COPueblo$86950$65K – $140K700.14%
CTBridgeport – Stamford – Norwalk$84750$53K – $122K8200.20%
CTDanbury$84630$65K – $124K2200.34%
CTHartford – West Hartford – East Hartford$77540$62K – $111K11500.21%
CTNew Haven$85410$66K – $116K5500.20%
CTNorwich – New London$84760$67K – $100K2000.15%
CTWaterbury$85360$63K – $119K1900.30%
DCWashington – Arlington – Alexandria (Metro Area)$81220$62K – $107K23900.10%
DEDover$83570$62K – $115K500.08%
DEWilmington (Metro Area)$80540$64K – $130K5100.16%
FLCape Coral – Fort Myers$83850$64K – $125K4500.22%
FLCrestview – Fort Walton Beach – Destin$68700$54K – $84K700.10%
FLDeltona – Daytona Beach – Ormond Beach$90810$67K – $129K3100.20%
FLFort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach – Deerfield Beach (Metro Area)$85710$60K – $118K12700.18%
FLGainesville$80310$55K – $105K3100.26%
FLJacksonville$93540$69K – $164K10300.18%
FLLakeland – Winter Haven$82650$56K – $111K2500.13%
FLMiami – Miami Beach – Kendall (Metro Area)$74090$50K – $95K15400.15%
FLNaples – Marco Island$89410$67K – $122K2500.22%
FLNorth Port – Bradenton – Sarasota$77190$43K – $96K4000.17%
FLOcala$79890$53K – $116K1600.18%
FLOrlando – Kissimmee – Sanford$76300$52K – $104K9900.10%
FLPalm Bay – Melbourne – Titusville$80260$62K – $96K3100.16%
FLPanama City – Lynn Haven – Panama City Beach$71760$56K – $92K600.09%
FLPensacola – Ferry Pass – Brent$83250$60K – $96K1800.12%
FLPort St. Lucie$82780$46K – $97K3200.26%
FLPunta Gorda$85120$44K – $166K1400.35%
FLSebastian – Vero Beach$83310$55K – $116K1100.24%
FLTallahassee$77950$62K – $102K2300.15%
FLTampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater$81350$38K – $115K18900.17%
FLWest Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Boynton Beach (Metro Area)$84170$58K – $117K7900.16%
GAAlbany$84750
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