Physical Therapy Pay in Missouri - MO

From building components for the space program to brewing highly popular beer, from beautiful scenery to man-made attractions such as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri has gained recognition from businesses and visitors alike as America’s heartland. Manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, wholesale and retail trade, and service businesses top the list of the state’s largest industries. For those pursuing careers in medicine and health services management in Missouri, the future has a rosy tint, with predictions of above average salaries, growth and openings, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC).

Physical therapists in Missouri tend to migrate toward Joplin, St. Louis, and Columbia where jobs for them are more common, relative to the population, than in other parts of the state. Missouri metro areas with the highest median salaries for physical therapists are Springfield, Kansas City, and St. Louis. The average Missouri physical therapist salary ranges from $55,000 to $69,000 annually, according to MERIC data.

In Missouri, physical therapists must graduate from an accredited physical therapy program, pass a national exam and be licensed by the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) develops and administers the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. Physical therapist assistants in Missouri must also pass a national exam and be licensed.


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