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2021 Best Physical Therapy Schools

By the GradReports team | Updated 5/21/2021

This list highlights the top 25 schools for a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy, ranked by median alumni salary one year after graduation. Physical therapy alumni with a doctorate from these schools earned median starting salaries of $76,210-$95,300. The top school is Samuel Merritt University, where graduates earned a median salary of $95,300. Physical therapy graduates from Utica College have the lowest median federal student loan debt, at $27,251.

Tuition data, median alumni salaries, and median debt for each program come directly from the U.S. Department of Education. For more information about data collection or rankings, please see our methodology.

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Salary and debt data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Salary and debt data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Median Debt Median Salary
#1 #1 Oakland (CA) Oakland (CA) $50,037 $161,000 $95,300
#2 #2 Stockton (CA) Stockton (CA) $47,952 $161,587 $93,520
#3 #3 Las Vegas (NV) Las Vegas (NV) $20,406 $102,394 $86,130
#4 #4 Fresno (CA) Fresno (CA) $17,525 $61,500 $84,650
#5 #5 Utica (NY) Utica (NY) $22,030 $27,251 $83,420
#6 #6 Sacramento (CA) Sacramento (CA) $18,248 $63,124 $82,810
#7 #7 Dobbs Ferry (NY) Dobbs Ferry (NY) $16,338 $80,186 $82,440
#8 #8 San Francisco (CA) San Francisco (CA) $28,035 $85,990 $82,310
#9 #9 Montgomery (AL) Montgomery (AL) $22,516 $88,498 $82,000
#10 #10 New York (NY) New York (NY) $45,426 $180,521 $81,180
#11 #11 South Orange (NJ) South Orange (NJ) $23,422 $111,700 $80,860
#12 #12 Pomona (NJ) (and 1 other) Pomona (NJ) (and 1 other) $20,658 Not Reported $79,650
#13 #13 Los Angeles (CA) Los Angeles (CA) $11,669 $131,819 $79,280
#14 #14 Pomona (CA) Pomona (CA) $22,529 $184,232 $79,280
#15 #15 New York (NY) New York (NY) $20,228 $52,452 $78,970
#16 #16 Azusa (CA) Azusa (CA) $17,362 $142,116 $78,170
#17 #17 Loma Linda (CA) Loma Linda (CA) $29,372 $131,575 $78,150
#19 #19 Valhalla (NY) Valhalla (NY) $31,101 Not Reported $77,720
#20 #20 New York (NY) New York (NY) $48,390 $160,247 $77,570
#21 #21 Brooklyn (NY) Brooklyn (NY) $23,261 $72,999 $77,300
#22 #22 Winchester (VA) Winchester (VA) $22,250 $83,883 $77,020
#23 #23 Seattle (WA) Seattle (WA) $28,881 $111,936 $76,460
#24 #24 Arlington (VA) Arlington (VA) $18,378 $138,122 $76,460
#25 #25 Long Beach (CA) Long Beach (CA) $17,736 $70,000 $76,210