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physical-therapistPhysical therapists are responsible for assisting patients with injuries or chronic medical conditions, rehabilitating their physical movement, and treat their pain.

Physical therapists provide individual care to patients of all ages who have arthritis, sprains, back injuries, fractures, birth injuries, amputations, and many other conditions. Physical therapists diagnose the patients, set up a treatment plan, use therapy to increase their ability, and evaluate patient progress.

Salary
How much do physical therapists make? According to May 2012 records from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual physical therapist salary is $81,110. In other words, the 191,460 physical therapists employed nationwide received a mean hourly wage of $38.99. The lowest ten percent of the field earned an annual salary of $55,620, while the top ten percent of physical therapists earned a sizeable annual salary of $112,020.

However, the salary of a physical therapist varies greatly depending on experience level, location, industry, and specialty. The highest paying industries for physical therapists are in home health care services at $90,440, as well as scientific consulting services at $87,170 annually. Physical therapists specialized in pediatrics can earn up to $77,737 each year, while those trained in neurology can make up to $116,350. Newly licensed physical therapists with less than one year of experience may only earn around $69,858, but those with 20 plus years of experience tend to gross up to $98,281.

Furthermore, the top-paying states within the physical therapy occupation are Nevada at $110,670, Alaska at $89,950, and New Jersey at $89,830. On the flip side, the states with the lowest annual salary for physical therapists are Hawaii at $67,000, Louisiana at $71,000, and Nebraska at $74,000. While all states compensate physical therapists quite well, physical therapists can earn a very lucrative six-figure salary within certain industries and states.

State Hourly Wage Average Salary Number of Jobs
Alabama $38.85 $80,810 2,130
Alaska $43.25 $89,950 410
Arizona $39.36 $81,870 4,040
Arkansas $36.37 $75,640 1,620
California $42.97 $89,370 16,150
Colorado $35.14 $73,080 4,030
Connecticut $40.73 $84,720 3,370
Delaware $41.39 $86,090 550
Florida $39.79 $82,770 11,820
Georgia $38.56 $80,210 4,350
Hawaii $37.88 $78,800 840
Idaho $35.35 $73,520 940
Illinois $37.35 $77,680 9,070
Indiana $37.62 $78,250 4,410
Iowa $38.84 $80,800 1,860
Kansas $35.95 $74,780 1,580
Kentucky $39.58 $82,330 2,330
Louisiana $38.16 $79,370 2,300
Maine $37.93 $78,890 1,360
Maryland $41.16 $85,610 4,090
Massachusetts $38.27 $79,600 6,990
Michigan $38.01 $79,060 7,560
Minnesota $35.92 $74,720 3,320
Mississippi $37.90 $78,830 1,650
Missouri $35.23 $73,290 4,210
Montana $32.15 $66,880 890
Nebraska $36.25 $75,410 1,390
Nevada $53.21 $110,670 1,200
New Hampshire $35.65 $74,160 1,130
New Jersey $43.19 $89,830 6,410
New Mexico $39.00 $81,120 1,050
New York $37.93 $78,890 13,930
North Carolina $36.90 $76,740 5,010
North Dakota $30.94 $64,350 520
Ohio $38.88 $80,870 7,270
Oklahoma $37.27 $77,510 1,850
Oregon $38.00 $79,050 2,340
Pennsylvania $36.64 $76,210 9,670
Rhode Island $40.75 $84,750 1,130
South Carolina $35.97 $74,820 2,670
South Dakota $33.81 $70,330 600
Tennessee $37.78 $78,580 4,220
Texas $43.17 $89,790 11,750
Utah $39.08 $81,280 1,510
Vermont $35.13 $73,070 630
Virginia $40.24 $83,690 4,870
Washington $38.64 $80,360 4,170
West Virginia $38.79 $80,690 1,120
Wisconsin $37.53 $78,050 4,230
Wyoming $38.33 $79,720 390
Data courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Work Environment
Physical therapists typically find employment in private health offices or clinics, hospitals, home health care services, and residential nursing home facilities. In addition, around 7 percent of all physical therapists are self-employed within their own practice or partnership. The work day for a physical therapist can be quite demanding, requiring the individual to spend most of the time on their feet and active. The vast majority of physical therapists work full-time schedules, although an estimated 29 percent work part-time. With advances in medical technology and an aging population, it is expected that the work environment for physical therapists will continue to prosper at a faster than average rate of 39 percent from 2010 to 2020.

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