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Chiropractor Salary

Chiropractor Salary By Percentile
Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.92 $22.14 $31.81 $46.24 $68.73
Annual Wage $31,000 $46,100 $66,200 $96,200 $143,000

How much does a chiropractor make? Chiropractors diagnose and treat patients who are having issues related to the spine and other areas of the body including muscular, nervous and skeletal systems. Chiropractors assess patients and then devise a treatment plan that often consists of spinal adjustments, application of heat and ice to the problems areas of the body, and massage therapy. In order to become a chiropractor, one must complete 3 years or more of coursework in a bachelor's degree program, and then spend 4 more years in a chiropractor program which results in a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. A breakdown of the full process of becoming a chiropractor can be found here.

Salary

In 2012, the median salary for chiropractors was $66,160, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that half of chiropractors made more than this amount and half of those working in the profession made less than the median amount. 10 percent of chiropractors had a salary of less than $31,030; however, the top 10 percent made $142,950 or more.

Variables Impacting Salary

Experience and length of time in the profession are key factors in how much a chiropractor will earn. Those who have been practicing for many years will earn substantially more money that chiropractors just starting out in the field. Owning, or being a partner in a practice, will increase a chiropractor's salary, but that can take many years to achieve.

Geographic Impact on Salary

The area where a chiropractor works further influences his or her earnings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013 the states with the highest salaries for chiropractors were Alaska, Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.

Schedule and Work Environment

Most chiropractors work full time, but some only work part time in the field. Those chiropractors who have their own practices typically have some flexibility when it comes to their schedule. However, chiropractors are often in their offices in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate their patients who need treatment during those hours.

Job Outlook

The job outlook for chiropractors is very good. Between the years of 2012 and 2022, job growth is expected to occur at a rate of 15 percent which is faster than other careers. The reasons for the increase in jobs are due to the fact that chiropractors are becoming more popular with the general public; therefore, there more people are seeing chiropractors for back and neck problems. In addition, many insurance plans are covering chiropractic services which makes it financially easier for patients to seek treatment.


Top Paying Industries

Industry Employment % of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean salary
Offices of Dentists 200 0.02 $60.34 $125,500
Outpatient Care Centers 180 0.03 $50.29 $104,610
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 50 0.02 $40.69 $84,630
Employment Services 30 <.005 $38.40 $79,870
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 26,830 3.61 $37.62 $78,260

Salary By State

State 10% 25% Median 75% 90% Jobs (2010) Jobs (2020) Outlook
Alabama $41,200 $48,800 $59,100 $72,300 $102,800 730 920

+25%

Alaska $81,100 $90,100 $119,500 $187,200+ $187,200+ 60 80

+33%

Arizona $18,300 $38,300 $68,100 $80,000 $91,600 1,900 2,300

+21%

Arkansas $28,500 $44,700 $69,200 $123,100 $177,900 490 530

+9%

California $34,200 $44,600 $65,900 $105,400 $139,100 3,900 4,100

+5%

Colorado $30,800 $39,200 $55,400 $78,000 $92,500 1,340 1,570

+17%

Connecticut $41,400 $46,700 $76,300 $96,700 $171,300 340 390 +14%
Delaware $49,800 $55,300 $87,900 $121,700 $161,800 160 200 +24%
District of Columbia - - - - - - - -
Florida $34,700 $46,400 $59,200 $97,200 $133,400 3,770 4,450 +18%
Georgia $25,800 $29,800 $48,900 $66,400 $77,400 320 400

+27%

Hawaii $41,600 $54,800 $69,800 $108,800 $147,400 160 190

+18%

Idaho $21,900 $27,300 $41,000 $65,500 $85,400 370 440 +19%
Illinois $41,400 $56,500 $74,000 $110,200 $174,300 2,640 2,970

+13%

Iowa $28,900 $47,100 $59,100 $84,900 $104,200 1,040 1,350 +30%
Kansas $36,100 $49,900 $58,100 $95,800 $144,200 840 1,050

+26%

Kentucky $45,200 $56,800 $69,200 $92,000 $162,700 560 720 +29%
Louisiana $31,700 $42,500 $57,100 $125,200 $146,000 450 530 +18%
Maine $40,100 $44,500 $63,000 $94,300 $187,200+ 240 230

-2%

Maryland $35,700 $54,800 $71,700 $101,400 $187,200+ 430 520

+21%

Massachusetts $62,200 $70,800 $88,500 $133,600 $171,200 930 1,030 +10%
Michigan $32,300 $50,000 $62,600 $106,800 $131,000 1,540 1,730

+12%

Minnesota $27,400 $46,100 $67,600 $115,900 $150,600 1,410 1,820 +29%
Mississippi $27,200 $39,700 $47,500 $61,200 $86,800 240 270

+12%

Missouri $24,500 $29,000 $62,500 $77,000 $132,600 1,030 1,020 -1%
Montana $18,900 $26,700 $36,400 $57,600 $100,700 600 680

+13%

Nebraska $37,400 $43,200 $52,900 $71,500 $110,400 710 830

+17%

Nevada $32,000 $36,200 $64,800 $83,300 $112,700 290 320 +13%
New Hampshire $40,500 $44,200 $51,400 $76,500 $108,300 210 250 +21%
New Jersey $51,500 $65,500 $86,700 $111,400 $145,700 1,320 1,710

+29%

New Mexico $40,200 $53,100 $67,700 $109,600 $140,100 310 350

+14%

New York $56,800 $66,100 $78,100 $93,400 $120,300 2,060 2,590 +26%
North Carolina $77,400 $85,800 $101,400 $117,800 $175,700 1,370 1,560

+15%

North Dakota $39,000 $58,200 $74,100 $113,400 $140,000 160 180

+14%

Ohio $64,600 $79,100 $120,400 $144,000 $187,200+ 1,700 1,840

+9%

Oklahoma $22,200 $31,400 $39,100 $59,000 $82,900 740 900 +21%
Oregon $29,900 $34,600 $45,300 $70,500 $103,100 400 590

0%

Pennsylvania $37,100 $55,100 $70,300 $87,600 $112,900 2,170 2,370 +9%
Rhode Island - - - - - - - -
South Carolina $32,300 $49,600 $60,300 $89,200 $169,200 740 960

+30%

South Dakota $46,700 $52,600 $61,200 $73,200 $95,900 300 360 +20%
Tennessee $48,900 $56,500 $79,000 $96,900 $146,600 550 650 +19%
Texas $24,900 $28,300 $43,300 $64,800 $94,800 3,100 3,610 +16%
Utah $22,600 $39,700 $56,500 $89,000 $114,900 480 670

+38%

Vermont $28,300 $43,300 $64,400 $76,100 $90,400 240 290

+19%

Virginia $33,600 $39,200 $56,700 $74,700 $124,300 1,530 1,960

+28%

Washington $39,400 $43,700 $55,300 $121,000 $187,200+ 1,630 2,220 +36%
West Virginia $34,300 $51,500 $83,100 $111,800 $141,400 170 190 +8%
Wisconsin $28,500 $51,200 $68,600 $108,400 $187,200+ 1,840 2,030 +10%
Wyoming $33,500 $37,700 $46,400 $70,600 $109,500 90 110

+31%



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