The median annual wage of chiropractors was $67,200 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,270, and the top 10 percent earned more than $143,670.
Chiropractors tend to earn significantly less early in their careers and then earn more as they build a client base and become owners of or partners in a practice. According to a survey conducted by Chiropractic Economics magazine, the average salary for chiropractors was $87,538 in 2010.
Although most chiropractors work full time, 21 percent worked part time in 2010. About 1 out of 4 chiropractors worked 50 or more hours per week. Chiropractors may stay open in the evenings to accommodate working patients. Self-employed chiropractors set their own hours.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition