Training Requirements for Chiropractors

Chiropractors need a doctoral or professional degree.

Degrees for Chiropractors
Percent
Less than High School 0.6
High School 0.9
Some College 0.8
Associates Degree 0.8
Bachelors Degree 4.7
Masters Degree 2.2
Doctorate or Professional Degree 90.1

Employment Outlook for Chiropractors

This represents about 45,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 7,000 more chiropractors but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 16,000 more.

Typical Income for Chiropractors

Hourly Income

On average,chiropractors make $39.04 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Chiropractors $15.57 $22.82 $32.46 $46.52 $67.80
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $15.59 $21.80 $30.49 $43.83 $64.87
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $23.60 $28.74 $37.49 $53.60 $84.62
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, chiropractors make $81,210 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Chiropractors $32,380 $47,460 $67,520 $96,770 $141,030
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $32,430 $45,330 $63,420 $91,180 $134,930
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $49,090 $59,780 $77,980 $111,480 $176,020
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

Chiropractors: What Is This Career Like?

As a practicing auto accident chiropractor in Minnesota I can attest that being a chiropractor has been a rewarding, noble, and profitable profession choice. If you run your chiropractic practice right you can clear $200,000.00 per year, but it's no walk in the park. After $80,000.00 in student loans and 8 years of school you still have to run a business. Running a successful practice entails advanced management skills. After paying for your student loans, marketing, receptionist, equipment rentals, and other overhead hopefully there is some money left to pay yourself. The long days of adjusting other people's spines can be exhausting and ironically back breaking work. The reward comes with the genuine thanks I get from my clients who come in stressed out and in severe pain leaving with a smile and a deep sigh of relief.

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