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What is the average salary for a physical therapist?

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A physical therapist working in the United States makes an average of $83,940 annually, although the lowest paid make $56,800 and the highest paid make around $116,090, as of 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, or BLS. The average hourly wage is $40.35 per hour, while it can be as low as $27.31 or as high as $55.81 per hour.

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Approximately 200,670 physical therapists were employed in the United States in 2014, notes the BLS. Wages vary widely by state. For example, in California, the average annual salary was $92,120. New York physical therapists were paid an average of $84,420, while Texas PTs earned an average of $91,560. The top-paying state was Nevada, where PTs earn an average of $127,900 annually.

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