Salary for Physical Therapists

Also known as:  Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapist, Geriatric Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Physical Therapist, Pediatric Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist, Physiotherapist, PT, Pulmonary Physical Therapist, Sports Physical Therapist

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The role of a physical therapist is to assist clients in regaining mobility, relieving pain, increasing strength, and improving or correcting injury-related impairments. They evaluate the physical capabilities of clients, determine realistic goals, design individualized therapy programs, assign exercises and provide advice on exercises and general mobility. During the course of treatment, they evaluate patient progress and make modifications accordingly. These professionals may work in conjunction with physicians and other professionals in the design and implementation of effective therapy regimes. Most individuals in this field hold Master's degrees, although a Bachelor's degree is sufficient.

A Physical Therapist can get salaries in a range of $63,530 and $126,780 based on education and experience. can get an average pay level of ninety-one thousand six hundred and eigthy dollars on a yearly basis.

are paid most highly in Nevada, where they can earn an average pay rate of close to $108,580. People working these jobs can get the best compensation in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, which has wages of $97,770.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 47.17 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Physical Therapists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$97,770
Public Administration
$94,300
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$94,240
Health Care and Social Assistance
$92,070
Retail Trade
$90,650
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$88,480

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
$45,710
Educational Services
$84,090
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$87,210
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$88,480
Retail Trade
$90,650
Health Care and Social Assistance
$92,070