According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, chiropractors earn a median annual salary of $66,720. The BLS says the lowest 10 percent of chiropractors earn less than $31,400.
If you have strong marketing skills, you may do well in a solo or group practice. Securing a steady and healthy salary with a solo practice comes from building a strong clientele, but it takes time and plenty of networking. If the thought of going out on your own right after graduating is not a comfortable one, consider working in a group practice or hospital where you can continue to learn from others and gain the confidence to eventually run your own business. If you choose to work in a group practice, you might consider working towards becoming a partner, while a hospital setting allows you the chance to move your way up the ladder.
You can also increase your earning potential by having a specialization. If you’re an expert in a certain medical area, you may be able to charge a higher fee for your expertise. Another option is to partner with a medical doctor, as you can refer patients to each other.
Another factor that may affect your salary is location, as where you practice can make a difference. The five best paying states for chiropractors are Alaska ($157,420), Ohio ($126,060), North Carolina ($113,330), Massachusetts ($106,340), and Washington ($97,160). The five best cities or metropolitan areas to earn a chiropractor salary are Spokane WA ($173,220), Anchorage AK ($167,280), Camden NJ ($158,270), Akron OH ($152,870), and Rockford IL ($146,900).