Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT) Salary

Average Entry-Level Physical Therapists make around $64K annually. In the world of Entry-Level Physical Therapists, total cash compensation can vary between $55K and $84K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $6K, respectively. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up the majority of Entry-Level Physical Therapists (61 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Entry-Level Physical Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$52,571 - $78,618
(Median)
$53K
$64K
$79K
MEDIAN: $64,100
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$27.39 - $43.26
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$52,571 - $78,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,935  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $6,000  
Commission
$2,700  
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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$54,567 - $83,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$27.39 - $43.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.32  
Overtime
$33.58 - $62.19  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,935  
   
Commission
$2,700  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $6,000  
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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$54,567 - $83,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,283
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Entry-Level Physical Therapists fill the offices of leading firms Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, ATI Physical Therapy, Kindred Healthcare, Select Medical Corporation, and Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine. Employees at Kaiser Permanente enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $87K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $65K and higher ones not far away at only $103K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., and Kindred Healthcare, where Entry-Level Physical Therapists typically earn around $78K, $73K, or $71K, respectively.

With a median salary of $63K, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital provides Entry-Level Physical Therapists with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $77K, limiting employee salary growth. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Select Physical Therapy ($64K), Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine ($65K), and Select Medical Corporation ($65K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,291

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For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Physical Therapists in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 10 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Physical Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+4 percent), Philadelphia (+3 percent), San Diego (+3 percent), and Dallas (+3 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Employers in Pittsburgh and Boston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Physical Therapist (PT) Advice

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"Working Late."
When I first started, my job was 8 to 5. As services change and become more competitive, my job has longer hours and more patients. This makes it difficult to manage job and family. Many companies are no longer offering part-time positions in the area I work. So, I need to constantly decide between family and work.

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Skills That Affect Physical Therapist (PT) Salaries

Long Term Care
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Home Care
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Home Health/Home Care
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Wound Care
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Spanish Language
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Rehabilitation
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Patient Education
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Health and Wellness
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Orthopedics
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Physical Therapy
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Acute Care
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Neuroscience
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Neurology Clinic
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National Average
$66,000

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 499 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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