Training Requirements for Physical Therapists

Physical therapists need a doctoral or professional degree.

Degrees for Physical therapists
Percent
Less than High School 0.3
High School 0.8
Some College 1.4
Associates Degree 3.6
Bachelors Degree 33.5
Masters Degree 25.5
Doctorate or Professional Degree 34.9

Employment Outlook for Physical Therapists

This represents about 210,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 71,000 more physical therapists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 128,000 more.

Typical Income for Physical Therapists

Hourly Income

On average,physical therapists make $41.93 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Physical therapists $27.97 $33.98 $41.06 $48.50 $58.71
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
Therapists $22.12 $28.11 $36.07 $45.37 $54.98
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, physical therapists make $87,220 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Physical therapists $58,190 $70,680 $85,400 $100,880 $122,130
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
Therapists $46,000 $58,470 $75,020 $94,360 $114,360
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

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