Once again, ADVANCE asked physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, certified athletic trainers, instructors and others in the rehabilitation field to share their salary information.
A total of 1,757 responses were gathered online between Nov. 3, 2012 and Jan. 16, 2013 using the survey tool Zarca.
Most rehab professionals are doing quite well for themselves: the overall average salary, across all job titles, specialties and regions, is $76,103. Most respondents earn between $65,000-$99,999 annually, while 13% make $100,000 or more.
JOB TITLE & FUNCTION
Most respondents to our survey hold the title of PT, but interestingly enough, professors/instructors make the most on average at $87,302.
The majority of our survey takers work in an outpatient setting (43%), but home health therapists earn the most on average. On the specialty side, those working in sports medicine/orthopedics earn the highest average salary ($80,810).
The overwhelming majority of survey respondents are women, however, their male counterparts make considerably more on average.
AGE & EXPERIENCE
While age was a contributing factor to average salaries among physical therapy providers and educators, experience was even more so. Also, those holding a Master's degree make more money on average, but obtaining a Doctorate does not necessarily show an increase in salary.
Only 5% of our survey respondents are practice owners, and not surprisingly, owning a practice can be a lucrative endeavor.
The physical therapy professionals who responded to our survey live primarily in suburban locales (45%), followed by urban (32%) and rural (23%) areas. However, their average salaries do not differ much. Regionally, respondents living in the Southern states make the highest average annual salary.