Chiropractor Salary

Chiropractor’s Salary Information

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A chiropractor’s job is focused on improving his patients’ overall health through treatment centered on the musculoskeletal system. It is commonly believed that misalignment of the spine can negatively impact a person’s overall health, even resulting in higher susceptibility to disease and infection. Through spinal manipulation and other forms of therapy, the chiropractor brings relief from pain in the back, neck and other parts of the body. Some chiropractors will employ additional techniques like massage therapy and acupuncture to bring further relief and healing to their patients.

The Skinny on Salaries

The typical chiropractor will make a fairly small salary early in his career, though this will increase fairly quickly over time. As they build a client base and establish or partner with a private practice, their salaries will go up substantially.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for a chiropractor is $67,200. Half of chiropractors earn more than this (with the top 10% earning over $140,000 annually), and half earn less, bottoming out around $30,000 a year. It is worth noting, however, that a survey conducted by Chiropractor Economics magazine sets the average chiropractor’s salary at a much higher $87,538.

Determining Factors

Seeing the considerable gap between the highest and lowest salaries in the profession may have left you wondering what causes such a difference. After all, how are some making a mere $30,000 while others are making six figures annually?

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One of the greatest determining factors is whether or not a chiropractor runs his own practice. While a chiropractor will have to cover more expenses when he runs his own office, he also has the potential to earn significantly more than his counterparts, as he can set his own hours, his own fees, and his own schedule. He can also hire additional chiropractors, which will ultimately result in raising his salary further.

A second factor is how many hours a chiropractor chooses to work. Most work on average 30-39 hours per week; however, some work many more hours, and put in six or seven days a week on the job. Some even stay open in the evening or open early in the morning to accommodate patients who are working during the day. Simply put, chiropractic salaries are based largely on volume. The more hours a chiropractor puts in, and the more patients he sees, the more he’s going to make.

Industry Breakdown

As we’ve mentioned above, a chiropractor who runs his own office is typically going to earn far more than those working in other health care facilities – as you can see below. Those working in private offices earn (on average) $10,000 more per year than their counterparts in the health care industry.

For this reason, many chiropractors will start out in a public health care facility, but will move on to establish their own practice as soon as they have gained the needed experience and funding. Alternatively, many will also partner with others to establish a group practice.

INDUSTRY

AVERAGE HOURLY

AVERAGE ANNUAL

Health Practitioners’ Offices

$37.68

$78,380

Private Offices of Physicians

$41.92

$87,190

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

$31.02

$64,520

Outpatient Care Centers

$31.82

$66,190

Colleges, Universities, Professional Schools

$31.82

$66,190

Geographic Breakdown

Finally, where you choose to practice can make all the difference in the world. Not only do salaries rise and fall with cost of living in each state, but they are also affected by factors like supply and demand within each state. For example, California has more practicing chiropractors than any other state – and that is reflected in average salaries when you look at a state with comparatively few chiropractors, like Alaska.

Geographic impact is evident at a state level, as you can see below; but the impact is even greater at the city level. Salaries between rural and metropolitan areas can often vary wildly – even within one state. Again, chiropractic is a volume practice, so while living in a small town may seem ideal, you’re unlikely to build a healthy clientele out in a rural area.

STATE

AVERAGE HOURLY

AVERAGE ANNUAL

Alabama

$36.21

$75,320

Alaska

$85.44

$177,710

Arizona

$36.09

$75,060

Arkansas

$39.78

$82,750

California

$36.39

$75,700

Colorado

$25.92

$53,910

Connecticut

$43.44

$90,360

Delaware

$49.93

$103,850

Florida

$39.49

$82,140

Georgia

$22.44

$46,670

Hawaii

$36.44

$75,800

Idaho

$26.22

$54,540

Illinois

$43.63

$90,750

Indiana

$37.17

$77,320

Iowa

$34.74

$72,260

Kansas

$37.37

$77,740

Kentucky

$43.92

$91,340

Louisiana

33.45

$69,570

Maine

$40.94

$85,160

Maryland

$35.71

$74,280

Massachusetts

$49.06

$102,040

Michigan

$33.43

$69,530

Minnesota

$37.66

$78,330

Mississippi

$24.93

$51,860

Missouri

$33.98

$70,670

Montana

$28.40

$59,060

Nebraska

$26.84

$55,830

Nevada

$36.97

$76,900

New Hampshire

$31.99

$66,540

New Jersey

$40.32

$83,870

New Mexico

$38.36

$79,790

New York

$45.45

$94,540

North Carolina

$55.96

$116,390

North Dakota

$42.42

$88,240

Ohio

$59.61

$123,980

Oklahoma

$32.81

$68,250

Oregon

$26.00

$54,070

Pennsylvania

$35.76

$74,370

Rhode Island

$31.36

$65,220

South Carolina

$33.96

$70,360

South Dakota

$34.04

$70,810

Tennessee

$41.26

$85,810

Texas

$29.55

$61,470

Utah

$33.46

69,600

Vermont

$30.64

$63,730

Virginia

$35.37

$73,570

Washington

$49.91

$103,810

West Virginia

$36.96

$76,880

Wisconsin

$42.83

$89,080

Wyoming

$27.08

$56,320

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