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2013 Salary Survey Results

The numbers are in! Across the country, salaries for PTs and PTAs are holding steady.

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.

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.

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.

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Thank you so much. Helped a lot!

Matt January 14, 2016

Your article is very useful in terms of the salary of being a PT. The graph is very creative. Thank you for sharing this information.

Physical therapist salaryFebruary 22, 2015

Some physical therapists are employed by school districts and compensated on a teacher scale with paid vacations, healthcare and sick days. Contracted school PT's are not paid for school calendar days off (conferences, holidays, summer break). They do not receive any prorated days off for illness or any other reason. There are no health benefits either. Hourly rates are low average to average, but the lack of benefits really lowers the desirability of the job.

It would be interesting to compare the two types of school-based positions and contrast them with outpatient and inpatient annual incomes. It would also be interesting to estimate the value of the benefits packages in a separate column. It's a factor that should not be ignored when considering employment.

Ruth ,  Physical TherapistNovember 29, 2014

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