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Career Guide: Physical Therapist

Career Guide: Physical Therapist

Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics


Median annual earnings of physical therapists were $66,200 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $55,030 and $78,080. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $46,510, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $94,810. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of physical therapists in May 2006 were:

More on Physical Therapists

Salary: $46,510 - $94,810
Min. Education: Master's
Related Careers: Occupational Therapist, Social Worker

Home health care services $70,920

Nursing care facilities $68,650

General medical and surgical hospitals $66,630

Offices of physicians $65,900

Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists $65,150

Related Occupations

Physical therapists rehabilitate people with physical disabilities. Others who work in the rehabilitation field include audiologists, chiropractors, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, rehabilitation counselors, respiratory therapists, and speech-language pathologists.


Additional career information and a list of accredited educational programs in physical therapy are available from:

• American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488. Internet:

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