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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

29-1123 Physical Therapists

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.


National estimates for Physical Therapists
Industry profile for Physical Therapists
Geographic profile for Physical Therapists

National estimates for Physical Therapists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Physical Therapists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
225,350 1.0 % $ 44.67 $ 92,920 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Physical Therapists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 29.77 $ 37.38 $ 45.97 $ 49.00 $ 61.11
Annual Wage (2) $ 61,930 $ 77,750 $ 95,620 $ 101,920 $ 127,110


Industry profile for Physical Therapists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Physical Therapists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Physical Therapists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Physical Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 82,260 8.46 $ 41.57 $ 86,460
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 55,620 0.99 $ 46.23 $ 96,160
Home Health Care Services 26,900 1.78 $ 50.72 $ 105,510
Offices of Physicians 13,780 0.51 $ 40.93 $ 85,120
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 10,940 4.05 $ 46.69 $ 97,120

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Physical Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 82,260 8.46 $ 41.57 $ 86,460
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 10,940 4.05 $ 46.69 $ 97,120
Home Health Care Services 26,900 1.78 $ 50.72 $ 105,510
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 55,620 0.99 $ 46.23 $ 96,160
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 10,120 0.72 $ 48.44 $ 100,760

Top paying industries for Physical Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 5,260 0.53 $ 53.56 $ 111,410
Home Health Care Services 26,900 1.78 $ 50.72 $ 105,510
Child Day Care Services 230 0.03 $ 49.06 $ 102,050
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,100 0.02 $ 48.70 $ 101,290
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 10,120 0.72 $ 48.44 $ 100,760


Geographic profile for Physical Therapists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Physical Therapists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Physical Therapists, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of physical therapists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Physical Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 23,840 1.44 0.90 $ 49.77 $ 103,510
New York 16,130 1.86 1.16 $ 44.18 $ 91,890
Texas 14,040 1.15 0.72 $ 47.28 $ 98,340
Florida 13,220 1.54 0.96 $ 43.57 $ 90,630
Pennsylvania 10,700 1.92 1.20 $ 45.39 $ 94,400


Map of location quotient of physical therapists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Physical Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 1,420 2.40 1.50 $ 41.17 $ 85,620
Montana 1,120 2.39 1.49 $ 39.74 $ 82,660
Alaska 680 2.30 1.44 $ 46.63 $ 96,980
Vermont 630 2.21 1.38 $ 41.08 $ 85,440
Wyoming 570 2.20 1.38 $ 42.88 $ 89,190


Map of annual mean wages of physical therapists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Physical Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 1,860 1.44 0.90 $ 50.10 $ 104,210
California 23,840 1.44 0.90 $ 49.77 $ 103,510
Connecticut 3,410 2.17 1.36 $ 48.64 $ 101,180
Delaware 870 1.99 1.25 $ 48.31 $ 100,490
New Jersey 7,400 1.92 1.20 $ 47.85 $ 99,530



Map of employment of physical therapists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Physical Therapists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 16,100 1.86 1.16 $ 47.54 $ 98,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,530 1.67 1.04 $ 45.64 $ 94,940
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,140 1.69 1.05 $ 45.58 $ 94,810
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5,880 2.22 1.39 $ 47.50 $ 98,800
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,700 2.21 1.38 $ 44.21 $ 91,970
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,920 1.09 0.68 $ 46.63 $ 96,980
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,730 1.52 0.95 $ 43.97 $ 91,450
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,730 1.27 0.79 $ 47.01 $ 97,770
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,490 1.94 1.21 $ 40.05 $ 83,310
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,140 1.72 1.08 $ 41.82 $ 86,990


Map of location quotient of physical therapists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Physical Therapists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bay City, MI 140 4.32 2.70 $ 36.29 $ 75,470
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 140 3.56 2.23 $ 40.95 $ 85,180
Punta Gorda, FL 160 3.19 1.99 $ 39.75 $ 82,680
Waterbury, CT 200 3.07 1.92 $ 47.11 $ 98,000
Johnstown, PA 140 3.02 1.89 $ 41.21 $ 85,710
Las Cruces, NM 200 2.99 1.87 $ 45.42 $ 94,470
Athens-Clarke County, GA 250 2.95 1.84 $ 41.85 $ 87,040
Rochester, MN 340 2.94 1.84 $ 42.17 $ 87,720
New Bedford, MA 180 2.91 1.82 $ 43.75 $ 91,000
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 760 2.83 1.77 $ 42.36 $ 88,100