Massage Therapist Salary

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How Much Do Physical Therapists Make?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that physical therapists make a median annual income of $95,620 or $46 per hour. The lowest 10% of physical therapists earned less than $61,930 and the highest 10% earned more than $127,110.

Do Physical Therapists Get Paid Well?

Physical Therapists are paid well—they earn more than the average worker in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for physical therapists is $95,620 per year. This is 127% more than the average salary for all occupations, which is $45,760.

How Much Do Physical Therapists Make Starting Out?

The BLS does not provide average compensation data for entry-level positions for physical therapists just starting out, but the bottom 25% of physical therapists earn $77,750 each year according to the BLS. How Many Physical Therapists Are There In The United States? In 2021, there were 239,200 physical therapists in the United States. The BLS predicts the number of physical therapists will increase by 21 percent, approximately 49,100 jobs, by 2030.

Where Can Physical Therapists Earn The Most?

Physical Therapists' salaries depend on location and work setting. According to the BLS, physical therapists earn the most in the following industries: offices of other health practitioners, general medical and surgical hospitals and home health care services. The metropolitan areas with the highest pay for physical therapists are:

  1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA - $123,190
  2. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - $118,370
  3. Midland, TX - $116,880

How Much Do Physical Therapists Earn In Each State?

The table below compares massage therapist  salaries across states and U.S. territories (Source: BLS Occupational Employment and Wages May 2020). You can also find data for the number of massage therapists in each state as well as the number of massage therapists per 1,000 jobs—a figure that can help you determine the job's popularity in a given location. Not all locations have employment statistics. 

Massage Therapist Salary
Location
Annual Salary
in location
Employment
In location
Employment per 1,000 jobs
District of Columbia
-
90
0.138
Alaska
$82,600
510
1.728
Washington
$65,140
4110
1.287
Massachusetts
$61,790
1670
0.499
Oregon
$61,220
1490
0.825
Nebraska
$57,390
180
0.192
Hawaii
$55,700
780
1.365
Minnesota
$54,400
1470
0.541
Maine
$53,430
300
0.519
New York
$52,560
5180
0.596
Illinois
$49,940
3870
0.687
Kentucky
$49,930
740
0.414
Michigan
$49,840
1950
0.496
Wyoming
$49,760
80
0.297
New Hampshire
$49,590
350
0.563
Wisconsin
$48,190
1540
0.569
Ohio
$48,000
2240
0.435
Arkansas
$47,200
390
0.328
New Mexico
$46,050
450
0.567
Colorado
$46,020
5240
2.032
North Dakota
$45,790
140
0.344
New Jersey
$45,490
2440
0.644
Idaho
$44,860
350
0.485
Indiana
$44,780
1260
0.433
Utah
$44,250
1290
0.869
Virginia
$43,690
2450
0.662
Arizona
$43,240
2910
1.027
Tennessee
$42,560
2000
0.688
Connecticut
$42,460
940
0.607
Texas
$41,820
4440
0.367
Pennsylvania
$41,620
2490
0.452
Maryland
$41,440
1030
0.410
North Carolina
$41,220
2380
0.555
Montana
$40,070
210
0.456
West Virginia
$39,660
150
0.230
Vermont
$38,730
240
0.845
Oklahoma
$38,030
310
0.196
Missouri
$37,080
1270
0.470
Florida
$36,360
6450
0.764
Alabama
$36,300
410
0.217
South Carolina
$36,170
1600
0.794
Iowa
$36,120
570
0.389
Mississippi
$34,870
180
0.171
California
$34,400
11450
0.697
South Dakota
$30,550
150
0.367
Kansas
$29,210
340
0.253
Nevada
$28,260
1350
1.076
Rhode Island
$28,110
160
0.356
Louisiana
$23,890
500
0.277
Georgia
$23,490
2740
0.637
Puerto Rico
$19,530
50
0.067
Guam
$19,480
150
2.283