Here is a chart with the annual mean wage of physical therapists, by state from May 2012 from the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For my staff… don’t get too excited, Texas’ wildly inflated salaries include such locations as my hometown of Amarillo, Texas and beautiful Nuevo Laredo, where a friend of mine will give you a six figure salary tomorrow.
My point is that you should take this information with a grain of salt. It includes all practice areas, experience and responsibility levels. For example, starting salaries in Austin, TX for outpatient physical therapy in a private practice setting are in the mid $50s. Unless you work in home health or are a manager of some kind you are unlikely to see $80s, much less the upper end of that register.
Oddly enough, Colorado was featured as the #2 state to be a PT in the article I mentioned here. Look for more of this kind of information coming soon under the category ‘Geography of PT’ – my new hobby.
Do these numbers seem real to YOU?