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The median annual wage for physical therapists was $79,860 in 2012, according to the BLS. The best-paid 10 percent of workers in the category made $112,020, while the bottom 10 percent made $55,620. The highest wages are for home health care and consulting positions. The best-paid physical therapists live in Las Vegas, Fairbanks, Alaska, and Jacksonville, Fla.

Job Salary Year
2004 $62,810.00
2006 $68,350.00
2008 $74,890.00
2010 $77,990.00
2012 $81,110.00

Average Physical Therapist Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

With an average salary of $81,110 in 2012, physical therapists are well paid for their work. Physical therapists generally earn more than workers in many other health care jobs, including physical therapist assistants ($52,320), occupational therapists ($76,400) and speech language pathologists ($72,730).

Job Name Salary
Physical Therapist $79,860.00
Occupational Therapist $75,400.00
Registered Nurse $65,470.00
Massage Therapist $35,970.00
Dental Assistant $34,500.00

Best Paying Cities for Physical Therapists

The highest paid in the physical therapist profession work in the metropolitan areas of Las Vegas, Jacksonville, Fla., and McAllen, Texas. The Roanoke, Va. area also pays well, as does the city of Midland, Texas.

Las Vegas

Average Salary: $117,130 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a physical therapist working in Las Vegas is $117,130, which is $37,270 more than the average pay in the profession.

Jacksonville, Fla.

Average Salary: $106,790 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a physical therapist working in Jacksonville, Fla. is $106,790, which is $26,930 more than the average pay in the profession.

McAllen, Texas

Average Salary: $106,280 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a physical therapist working in McAllen, Texas is $106,280, which is $26,420 more than the average pay in the profession.

Roanoke, Va.

Average Salary: $105,930 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a physical therapist working in Roanoke, Va. is $105,930, which is $26,070 more than the average pay in the profession.

Midland, Texas

Average Salary: $102,270 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a physical therapist working in Midland, Texas is $102,270, which is $22,410 more than the average pay in the profession.

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