A health related career that is focused on helping people and keeps you involved in the area of sports is a Sports Physical Therapist job. Besides just loving what you do and helping people with sports injuries and rehabilitation, you can get paid really well. Before we dive into the Sports Physical Therapist salaries will dive into the interest level across the United States on over time.
The graphs above show the interest level between two different words in the business of Physical Therapy when it relates to a sports focus. The red line you see is Sports Therapist and the blue line is Sports Physical Therapist. In both cases you can see one thing for certain, that is that the interest level around sports therapy has grown quite well over the last 8 years. If you’re trained for sports therapy, are getting certified for sports therapy or are investigating the option of a Sports Therapy career, you’ve picked a good one, the interest looks strong.
This next bar chart you see with State names listed is the regional interest of Sports Therapy and can help you identify hot spots in the United States where more people are looking for information about Sports Physical Therapy or are actually looking for a Sports Therapist. Mississippi is the number one state in terms of interest level with Alabama coming in second. Don’t jump to fast however, as the salary graphs below will show you which states pay the most for Sports Therapists. That is really what is most important!
The next chart here is just the United States and the same information of interest level plotted out on a US country wide map of Sports Physical Therapy interest by state. You can see the redder a state is the more people have searched for Physical Therapy in a sports related niche. This important to know and you can definitely see that one part of the United States is focused on sports therapy and sports medicine therapists. The East Coast and the southern states are strong in their interest level. Is that because it’s warmer there? Probably not since the Sports Therapy interest goes all the way up the East Coast past New York.
Okay, enough about interest level, how about who pays the most for Sports Physical Therapists, right? The first thing we’ll dive into is the Bureau of Labor Statistics and see what they’re data and research says. The reported 2010 median pay level for a Sports Therapist was reported to be $76,310 a year which comes out to a pretty nice hourly wage of $36.69 an hour. The type of education you’re expected to have is Doctoral or a professional degree, which means you need that certification! The number of jobs available for Physical Therapists was 198,600 and it’s expected to dramatically rise quite fast in 10 years all the way into 2020. The rate of growth for Physical Therapists is expected to be 39% over 10 years and will add around 77,400 jobs. The most experienced and best sports physical therapists can expect to get paid $107,920 which is a really nice salary.
For state by state sports physical therapist salary information you can scroll down below for each state listed and how much it pays and compares to other states. We’ll list the top 10 states for sports therapists to get paid the most below.
Top 10 Top Paying States For Sports Physical Therapists:
- New York – $93,000
- Mississippi – $93,000
- Washington DC – $91,000
- Massachusetts – $91,000
- Virginia – $90,000
- Virgin Islands – $80,000
- California – $88,000
- Georgia – $86,000
- Connecticut – $85,000
- New Jersey – $84,000
Listed below is information that is specific to Sports Physical Therapist job salaries that you can expect to receive in that state area. Our state by state breakdown allows you to see which state is best to get a job as a Sports Physical Therapist. The salary information provided below is off of real-world job listings for Sports Physical Therapist and the pay offered for those jobs. We source Indeed, Simply Hired, PayScale and GlassDoor.com. The information provided by Indeed about their process for collecting salary averages is as follows: “Indeed Salary Search is based on an index of salary information extracted from over 50 million job postings from thousands of unique sources over the last 12 months. Many job descriptions don’t contain salary information, but there are enough that do to produce statistically significant median salaries for millions of keyword, job title and location combinations – in fact, most job searches you are likely to think of. As new jobs are added each day, the Indeed Salary Search index is automatically updated with fresh salary data, so the salary results are as up-to-date as they could possibly be.”