April 25, 2014

Chiropractor Salary

Chiropractor SalaryAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 52,600 chiropractors employed in the United States in 2013, with the employment projected to grow by another 28% over the next ten years. This is twice as fast as the average job growth in the United States which is projected at 14% over the same period. According to the BLS, the average hourly chiropractor salary in 2013 was $37.88 which translates into $78,780 annually. This is slightly lower than the results from a survey conducted by the Chiropractic Economics magazine. According to the results of the magazine survey the average annual salary for chiropractors in 2013 was $87,538.

Typically chiropractors start out their careers earning significantly less than the average. The lowest 10 percent of chiropractors in 2013 have earned merely $31,120 a year. The low chiropractor salary is very likely due to the fact that many chiropractors start out are working part time. In fact according to the statistics gathered by the BLS in 2013, 21% of all chiropractors have been working part time. As chiropractors gain experience, build up their client base and either become partners or owners of their own practice, their earnings begin to increase rapidly. The top 10 percent of chiropractors in 2013 have earned over $142,600 annually. One major benefit of being a partner or an owner of your own practice is that it allows the chiropractor to set their own hours and work as much or as little as they want. [Read more...]

How to Become a Chiropractor

Even though we said we’ll discuss in this article about the average chiropractor salary, since we got some requests to explain how one cam become a chiropractor, we postponed the salary article for some other time.

In order to become a chiropractor, it is first necessary to earn the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. To be accepted into a chiropractic program, the applicant must have a minimum of 3 years of undergraduate education with many programs nowadays requiring a full bachelor’s degree. In all cases, the undergraduate program must include a set of prerequisite courses as defined by the field’s accrediting body, the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). These must include courses in sciences, social sciences and humanities.
The current application requirements for the Doctor of Chiropractic program, as specified by the Chiropractic Centralized Application Service (ChiroCAS) include a minimum of 90 semester hours of prerequisite courses (which translates into 3 years of courses assuming 30 semester hours per year), with 24 out of 90 of these semester hours dedicated to Social Sciences and Humanities courses and another 24 out of 90 of these semester hours dedicated to the Sciences courses.

The 24 semester hours for the Social Sciences and Humanities courses must be composed of:

6 semester hours of English Language Skills courses
3 semester hours of Psychology courses
15 semester hours of Social Sciences or Humanities courses [Read more...]

Chiropractic Schools

Chiropractic SchoolsWhen looking for a chiropractic school, it is important to choose one that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). The CCE is the regulatory agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education for accreditation of institutions offering the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. It is also important to differentiate between undergraduate and professional programs. Completion of an undergraduate program is generally required for admission into the professional program which confers the Doctor of Chiropractic degree on its graduates and this also guarantees a higher chiropractor salary when first starting to work. An undergraduate program typically lasts four years, with students intending to pursue a career in chiropractic generally graduating with a Bachelor of Biology. The professional chiropractic program lasts another four years, so an undergraduate student needs about eight years in total after graduating from high school to earn the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

Chiropractic Program Curriculum

When choosing a chiropractic school, it is important to review and familiarize yourself with the program curriculum. A good program will include a wide variety of practical chiropractic techniques to help you in your career. For a chiropractor, practical hands-on chiropractic techniques and strong adjusting abilities are the primary tools of the trade and they cannot be learned by reading a book. Learning and mastering these techniques is the most important part of a chiropractic school program’s curriculum so it is extremely important to ensure that the program provides good practical experience in small sized laboratory settings, so that you can get individual attention and help from an instructor when needed. [Read more...]