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How much do physical therapists make?

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Physical therapists' income varies based on employment sector and location, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates an average annual salary of $82,180 for physical therapists as of May 2013. The median annual salary was $81,030.

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The range of salaries for physical therapists is significant. The bottom 10 percent of earners made at or below $56,280 per year. The bottom 25 percent made at or below $67,700 per year. At the top end, 10 percent of physical therapists made at or above $113,340 per year. The top 25 percent of earners made at or above $93,820 per year.

Among the major employment sectors, home health services was the highest-paying for therapists. The average annual salary as of May 2013 was $91,190. Physical therapists in nursing care facilities averaged $87,250 per year, well above the overall average. The lowest-paying major employment sector was other health practitioner offices, with an average annual salary for physical therapists of $80,060.

Nevada was by far the top-paying state for physical therapists as of May 2013, with an average annual salary of $115,220. Alaska was the second-highest paying state at $96,800 per year. California had the third-highest state average at $91,330 per year. Texas was fourth at $90,890 annually.

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