How Much do Physical Therapists Make?

Do physical therapists make a lot of money? What is the average pay for physical therapists?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, physical therapists in the United States earn an average of $90,170 a year, equivalent to $43.35 an hour. Physical therapists make 69% more than the average American worker.

Physical therapists in Nevada are the best paid, making $108,550 a year, while physical therapists in South Dakota make the least at $77,130.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Physical Therapist Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $59.97 $124,740
75th $50.10 $104,210
50th $43.00 $89,440
25th $35.55 $73,940
10th $29.87 $62,120
Physical Therapist Wages by State

In what states do physical therapists make the most? In what states do physical therapists make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $44.51 $92,570
Alaska $49.35 $102,650
Arizona $42.95 $89,350
Arkansas $41.21 $85,710
California $48.04 $99,920
Colorado $41.70 $86,740
Connecticut $47.49 $98,780
Delaware $46.40 $96,520
Florida $41.39 $86,090
Georgia $42.11 $87,590
Hawaii $44.54 $92,650
Idaho $38.64 $80,360
Illinois $44.11 $91,750
Indiana $41.67 $86,670
Iowa $39.87 $82,940
Kansas $42.46 $88,310
Kentucky $40.99 $85,260
Louisiana $43.06 $89,560
Maine $38.64 $80,380
Maryland $43.22 $89,890
Massachusetts $43.68 $90,860
Michigan $43.51 $90,500
Minnesota $40.52 $84,280
Mississippi $43.78 $91,050
Missouri $40.47 $84,180
Montana $39.48 $82,130
Nebraska $40.91 $85,100
Nevada $52.19 $108,550
New Hampshire $40.68 $84,610
New Jersey $47.63 $99,060
New Mexico $45.40 $94,430
New York $43.69 $90,880
North Carolina $42.32 $88,020
North Dakota $39.24 $81,630
Ohio $42.12 $87,600
Oklahoma $43.98 $91,480
Oregon $41.92 $87,200
Pennsylvania $42.52 $88,450
Rhode Island $41.13 $85,540
South Carolina $41.18 $85,650
South Dakota $37.08 $77,130
Tennessee $40.73 $84,720
Texas $43.09 $89,630
Utah $41.29 $85,880
Vermont $38.95 $81,020
Virginia $44.20 $91,930
Washington $42.31 $88,010
West Virginia $44.39 $92,320
Wisconsin $42.58 $88,570
Wyoming $43.76 $91,030
Metro Areas Where Physical Therapists Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Yuba City, CA $55.94 $116,360
Bakersfield, CA $55.83 $116,120
Las Vegas, NV $54.78 $113,950
Great Falls, MT $54.41 $113,180
Ames, IA $54.32 $112,980
Ithaca, NY $53.05 $110,340
Merced, CA $52.90 $110,020
Victoria, TX $52.88 $109,980
Visalia, CA $52.63 $109,470
California-Lexington Park, MD $52.12 $108,400
Physical Therapist Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $43.35 $90,170
2018 $42.73 $88,880
2017 $42.34 $88,080
2016 $41.93 $87,220
2015 $41.25 $85,790
2014 $40.35 $83,940
2013 $39.51 $82,180
2012 $38.99 $81,110
2011 $38.38 $79,830