Erie, PA (population: 103,895) has two physical therapy schools within its city limits. Mercyhurst College, the highest ranked school in the city with a physical therapy program, has a total student population of 4,373. It is the 352nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 36th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Physical Therapy students from Erie schools who go on to become physical therapists, PTs, exercise physiologists, physical therapy assistants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 174,490 people working as physical therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $76,220. Also, Physical therapist aides make on average $24,990 per year and there are about 44,160 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Erie area alone, there are 50 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $23,240. Physical therapists in this area earn $68,840/yr and there are 260 employed.
Erie lies in Erie county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Erie area has 126,150 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3.9% unemployment rate, $17.41/hr average worker wage, and a $36,220 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.023 out of every 1000 jobs in Erie are held by physical therapists, and 0.419/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 2 physical therapy schools in Erie, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Gannon University comes out as the most expensive ($21,655/yr) for physical therapy students, with Mercyhurst College as the lowest, reported at only $19,239/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Erie|
|New Wilmington||PA||-||1||66.0236||69||70.8 miles|
|Highland Heights||OH||-||2||31.299||116||82.0 miles|
|Niagara Falls||NY||50,692||1||24.6139||10||85.9 miles|
|Cleveland Heights||OH||44,848||1||34.6777||3||87.1 miles|
|Warrensville Heights||OH||-||1||16.9884||13||88.0 miles|
|Cuyahoga Falls||OH||51,250||1||27.2194||16||99.4 miles|