Whether somebody injures themselves playing a pick up game of basketball or just tripping on an uneven sidewalk, physical therapists are the ones they turn to help them get moving again.

With people living more active lifestyles, and with baby boomer generation getting up there in years, physical therapists are in high demand all over the country.

Employment is expected to grow 34 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all other occupations,according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median pay for PTs? $84,020 as of May 2015.

That got us wondering, what are the best cities for physical therapists to find work?

SpareFoot teamed up with Indeed, the world’s largest job site by users, to find the ten metro areas with the most job listings for physical therapists. Indeed also provided us with the average salary data for PTs in those markets.

We then ranked those cities by the following factors:

  • Job availability
  • Average annual salary
  • Median home price
  • Median annual rent

Finally, we combined the rankings (giving double weight to job availability) to determine an overall ranking.

Median home prices and annual rent sourced from Zillow.

 

10. Portland, OR

 

Portland might be too weird for some, but others will love stretching out clients in this active city in the Northwest. PTs in Portland make an average salary above the national median. Percent share of job listings (rounded): 9.2% (Ranked 7th) Average annual salary: $87,000 (Ranked 8th) Median home price: $336,000 Salary as a percentage of home price: 26% (Ranked 8th) Median annual rent: $21,540 Rent as a percentage of income: 25% (Ranked 8th)

9. Los Angeles, CA

 

The City of Angels earns a spot on our list primarily to the number of job listings for PTs, the highest percent share among cities on our list. Physical therapists in the area also take home good pay for a day’s work, coming in fourth on our list at $95,000 on average.

Percent share of job listings (rounded): 12.4% (Ranked 1st)
Average annual salary: $95,000 (Ranked 4th)
Median home price: $575,000
Salary as a percentage of home price: 16.5% (Ranked 10th)
Median annual rent: $32,568
Rent as a percentage of income: 34% (Ranked 10th)

8. Phoenix, AZ

 

While Phoenix PTs had the lowest pay on our list at $75,000, the cost of living is right in the middle of the pack. There is also a good share of job availability, where the Sunbelt city comes in third. Percent share of job listings (rounded): 11.3% (Ranked 3rd) Average annual salary: $75,000 (Ranked 10th) Median home price: $225,000 Salary as a percentage of home price: 33% (Ranked 5th) Median annual rent: $15,132 Rent as a percentage of income: 20% (Ranked 5th)

7. Dallas, TX

 

Dallas comes in 7th overall thanks mostly to rental affordability, coming in fourth among other cities on our list. It might be a bit tougher to find a job here than in other cities on the list, as the Big D comes in eighth on that metric.

Percent share of job listings (rounded): 9% (Ranked 8th)
Average annual salary: $91,000 (Ranked 7th)
Median home price: $275,000
Salary as a percentage of home price: 33% (Ranked 6th)
Median annual rent: $18,180
Rent as a percentage of income: 20% (Ranked 4th)

6. Washington D.C.

With an average salary of $111,000, the nation’s capital lays claim to the highest paid PTs on our list. It also has the second largest share of jobs listings on our list. The downside? The cost of living is higher, especially if you want to buy a house. Percent share of job listings (rounded): 11.6% (Ranked 2nd) Average annual salary: $111,000 (Ranked 1st) Median home price: $439,000 Salary as a percentage of home price: 25% (Ranked 9th) Median annual rent: $30,588 Rent as a percentage of income: 28% (Ranked 6th)

5. Philadelphia, PA

 

Philly might have the lowest share of job availability on our list, but it is among the most affordable in terms of buying a home. And while the average salary of $93,000 ranks 6th on our list overall, it is certainly nothing to scoff at.

Percent share of job listings (rounded): 8% (Ranked 10th)
Average annual salary: $93,000 (Ranked 6th)
Median home price: $143,000
Salary as a percentage of home price: 65% (Ranked 2nd)
Median annual rent: $18,780
Rent as a percentage of income: 21% (Ranked 6th)

4. San Antonio, TX

 

San Antonio ranked highly on both measures of affordability, despite having the 9th lowest average salary. Percent share of job listings (rounded): 9.2% (Ranked 5th) Average annual salary: $80,000 (Ranked 9th) Median home price: $210,000 Salary as a percentage of home price: 38% (Ranked 4th) Median annual rent: $15,588 Rent as a percentage of income: 19.5% (Ranked 3rd)

3. Baltimore, MD

 

Baltimore earns the third spot on our list due largely to the affordability of buying a house. It is also in the top five when it comes to average annual salary.

Percent share of job listings (rounded): 9% (Ranked 9th)
Average annual salary: $93,000 (Ranked 5th)
Median home price: $99,900
Salary as a percentage of home price: 93% (Ranked 1st)
Median annual rent: $20,640
Rent as a percentage of income: 22% (Ranked 7th)

2. Houston, TX

 

Apparently Texas is a great state for PTs, with Houston being one of three Lone Star State cities on our list. Bayou City has the most affordable rents for PTs on our list and boasts an average salary of $100,000. Percent share of job listings (rounded): 11% (Ranked 4th) Average annual salary: $100,00 (Ranked 3rd) Median home price: $324,000 Salary as a percentage of home price: 31% (Ranked 7th) Median annual rent: $18,732 Rent as a percentage of income: 19% (Ranked 1st)

1. Chicago, IL

 

High pay and affordable living combine to make the Windy City our top pick for physical therapists.

Percent share of job listings (rounded): 9.2% (Ranked 6th)
Average annual salary: $107,000 (Ranked 2nd)
Median home price: $239,000
Salary as a percentage of home price: 45% (Ranked 3rd)
Median annual rent: $20,160
Rent as a percentage of income: 19% (Ranked 2nd)

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Alexander Harris