The field of physical therapy is expected to grow steadily in the next few years, likely in part due to the aging baby boom generation. Job security, along with the personal rewards received by helping people regain their mobility, are just two of the factors that attract individuals to this challenging field. The third factor -- financial compensation, looks very promising as well.
Averages, Highs, and Lows
As with every other field, the salaries for physical therapists do vary. In 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nationwide average for physical therapy salaries was a robust $88,880. Some states tend to offer larger salaries than others. Nevada was the state to offer the largest average salary, coming in at $107,920. Out of the 10 states offering the highest salaries, Virginia came in the lowest at $91,700. The entire list of the top 10 states offering the highest physical therapy salaries are as follows:
|Nevada||Alaska||New Jersey||New Mexico||California|
The states with smaller populations tend to offer the lowest salaries for physical therapists, although there are a few exceptions. The lowest reported salary rates in the nation for PTs is in Vermont, coming in at an average of $75,010. The complete list of the 10 states offering the lowest compensation averages in the field of physical therapy is:
|Vermont||South Dakota||Maine||Idaho||North Dakota|
To see how your state compares to others in term of financial compensation in the field of physical therapy, click here for a complete listing of each state and their associated average PT salaries.
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