Physical therapists

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2019 Workforce
265k
Average Age
41.4
Estimated Job Growth
18.2%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$74,238
Average Male Salary
$88,766
Average Female Salary
$67,075

About

Physical therapists are most often employed by the Outpatient care centers industry. The average yearly wage for Physical therapists was $74,238 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Physical therapists by wage are Insurance sales agents, Environmental scientists and specialists, including health, and Education administrators.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Physical therapists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Outpatient care centers is the industry that employs the most Physical therapists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Physical therapists, by average wage, is Administration of human resource programs. Physical therapists are paid most in Columbia (West) & Ellicott City (Northwest) PUMA, MD but are relatively concentrated in Columbia (West) & Ellicott City (Northwest) PUMA, MD.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$74,238
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,326

In 2019, Physical therapists earned an average of $74,238, $18,714 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Insurance sales agents make somewhat more than Physical therapists while Environmental scientists and specialists, including health make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Physical therapists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.283
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Physical therapists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.283, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Physical therapists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Physical therapists.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Physical therapists.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

265k
2019 Workforce
± 12,633
6.48%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 6.43%

The number of people employed as Physical therapists has been growing at a rate of 6.48%, from 249,079 people in 2018 to 265,218 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Physical therapists employed by various industries. Outpatient care centers employs the largest share of Physical therapists at  41.8%, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 27% and Home health care services with 9.12%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Physical therapists in the US. The average age of male Physical therapists in the workforce is 41.5 and of female Physical therapists is 41.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Physical therapists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

87.6k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 7,264
178k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 10,341

67% of Physical therapists are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Physical therapists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Physical therapists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

76.3% of Physical therapists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.5% of Physical therapists, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Physical therapists.

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Age by Gender

41.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.949
41.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.69

The median age of Physical therapists is 41.4, and Male employees are generally 0.156 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Physical therapists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Physical therapists is Health but a relatively high number of Physical therapists hold a major in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Physical therapists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Physical therapists need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Physical therapists need more than the average amount of Science, Operations Analysis, and Service Orientation.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Physical Therapists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Physical Therapists are expected to see a growth of 18.2% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

18.2%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Physical Therapists. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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