The average salary for a Physical Therapist (PT) is $68,642 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Home Health/Home Care, Home Care, Long Term Care, and Geriatrics. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$56,612 - $88,199
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MEDIAN: $68,641
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$29.80 - $48.97
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MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$56,612 - $88,199  
   
Bonus
$508 - $8,576  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $9,000  
Commission
$6,700  
Total Pay (?
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$58,715 - $95,669  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$29.80 - $48.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.59  
Overtime
$36.37 - $65.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$508 - $8,576  
   
Commission
$6,700  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $9,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$58,715 - $95,669  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,663
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Job Description for Physical Therapist (PT)

Physical therapists are directly involved in the recovery of patients with a wide range of medical conditions on a daily basis; problems can range from simple sprained ankles or knees to extreme disabilities, such as strokes. They are generally responsible for helping people regain the abilities to perform basic daily activities and work with patients of all ages, from children to the elderly. Some may work in small outpatient rehab facilities with athletes or those with minor disabilities, or in large inpatient rehab hospitals with those who have more severe disabilities.

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Physical Therapist (PT) Tasks

  • Administer manual exercises, massage or traction to help relieve pain, increase patient strength or decrease or prevent deformity.
  • Perform an initial exam, evaluate medical records and physician's referral and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
  • Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
  • Discharge patient from physical therapy when projected outcomes have been attained and provide for follow-up care or referrals.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,902

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Physical Therapist (PT) Reviews

What is it like working as a Physical Therapist (PT)?

Physical Therapist (PT) in Racine:
Pros: Not having to work more than 40 hours. Seeing 1 patient at a time. Good opportunity for growth and many other experienced therapists.
Cons: Paper documentation. Limited technology.

Physical Therapist (PT) in Columbus:
"Rewarding, but not financially."
Pros: It feels great to provide collaborative health care and help people reach their mobility goals.
Cons: 3 years for a Doctorate, now performing important work, and not being compensated properly.

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Experience Affects Physical Therapist (PT) Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Physical Therapist (PT) Salaries


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Rehabilitation
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Acute Care
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Patient Education
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Physical Therapy
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Neuroscience
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National Average
$73,000

Orthopedics
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Health and Wellness
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Pediatrics
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Neurology Clinic
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 622 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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