The salary of a PT is variable, depending on education, experience, location, and skill sets. How much does a physical therapist make? Let’s find out with PhysicalTherapySalary.

Career Overview

  • No.1 Best Job – APTA
  • No.3 Happiest Job – Forbes
  • No.9 Best Job – Forbes
  • Top 100 Best Jobs in America
  • Best Health Care Job – US News
  • Male/Female Ratio is 3:7
  • Travel/Perm PTs Salary Ratio is 2:1
  • Program Length: 34 months
  • Approximate 250,000 Licensed PTs
  • 227 Accredited PT/PTA Schools
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • World PT Day: 8th September

Average PT Salary: $86,520 per year

The average annual salary for physical therapist in the United States is $86,520, which is 103% higher than the average income of Americans. The median pay for PTs is $7,210 per month, $1,663 per week and $41.59 per hour.

 Hourly WageWeekly WageMonthly PayAnnual Income
PT Pay$41.59$1,663$7,210$86,520
National Income$20.45$818$3,545$42,540

Salary Range

Physical Therapy PayA certified PT can earn at least $60,600 a year, which means $29.13 per hour and $5,050 per month. A senior can make an average of $120,000 a year depending on location, experience, etc.

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Top Paying States

US StateThe Silver State: Nevada is the best-paying state for PTs. The average pay in Nevada is $115,670 per year, which is 33% higher than the median PTs income. Click on the map to check Salary by State.

StateHourly RateWeekly WageMonthly PayYearly Income
New Jersey$45.59$1,824$7,903$94,830

Highest Paying Industries

Home health care services is the best paying industry, as you can make $95,440 a year or $45.88 per hour.

Home Health Care Services$45.88$1,835$7,953$95,440
Management Scientific and Technical Consulting Services$44.31$1,773$7,681$92,170
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services$44.26$1,771$7,673$92,070
Administrative and Support Services$44.26$1,771$7,673$92,070
Employment Services$44.25$1,770$7,669$92,030

Metropolitan Area

For metropolitan area, Las Vegas is the highest paying city. Other choices are Fairbanks, Alaska and Jacksonville, Florida.

Metro areaHourlyWeeklyMonthlyAnnual
Las Vegas-Paradise NV$58.60$2,344$10,157$121,880
Fairbanks AK$54.87$2,195$9,510$114,120
Jacksonville FL$53.63$2,145$9,295$111,540
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX$53.38$2,135$9,253$111,030
Roanoke VA$53.21$2,128$9,223$110,680

Nonmetropolitan Area

For non-metropolitan areas, working in Upper Eastern Shore, Maryland or Northwest Iowa can help you make $118,000 per year.

Non-metro areaHourlyWeeklyMonthlyAnnual
Upper Eastern Shore Maryland$57.65$2,306$9,993$119,920
Northwest Iowa$56.84$2,274$9,853$118,230
Other Nevada$55.50$2,220$9,620$115,440
Lower Savannah South Carolina$54.62$2,185$9,467$113,600
Sussex County Delaware$51.54$2,062$8,933$107,200

Currency: US Dollars (USD)