Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT) Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Physical Therapists sits in the ballpark of $66K annually. In the world of Entry-Level Physical Therapists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $57K and $85K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Physical Therapists is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$55,026 - $80,837
$55K
$66K
$81K
MEDIAN: $65,995
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$28.45 - $43.20
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MEDIAN: $34.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$55,026 - $80,837  
   
Bonus
$512 - $7,217  
Profit Sharing
$973 - $6,040  
Commission
$11,000  
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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$56,740 - $84,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,601
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$28.45 - $43.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.17  
Overtime
$34.95 - $60.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$512 - $7,217  
   
Commission
$11,000  
Profit Sharing
$973 - $6,040  
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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$56,740 - $84,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,818

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ATI Physical Therapy, RehabCare, Athletico, Ltd., Select Medical Corporation, and Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Physical Therapists. Salary cannot be beat at Kaiser Permanente, where median pay comes to $87K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $65K, and the higher end is not far away at $103K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Kindred Healthcare at $77K, RehabCare at $76K, and Aegis Therapies, Inc., where Entry-Level Physical Therapists annually earn $70K.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Benchmark Physical Therapy ($64K), Healthsouth Corp. ($64K), and Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine ($65K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,960

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Physical Therapists, 10 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Physical Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+6 percent), Philadelphia (+4 percent), New York (+4 percent), and Atlanta (+2 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Denver and 2 percent less in Boston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Physical Therapist (PT) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Physical Therapist (PT) in Ames:
"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.

Key Stats for Physical Therapist (PT)

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 324 votes.
Less than 1 year
26%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
11%
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Skills That Affect Physical Therapist (PT) Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
▲15%

Home Care
▲14%


▲7%

Neurophysiology
▲6%

Spanish Language
▲4%



Orthopedics
▼0%

Acute Care
▼0%

Patient Education
▼0%

Neurology Clinic
▼0%

National Average
$68,000

Health and Wellness
▼1%

Neuroscience
▼1%

▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 324 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 13%