Median pay for Entry-Level Physical Therapists is around $66K per year. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Physical Therapists — including $7K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $57K to $85K depending on individual performance. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Physical Therapists. Women make up the majority of Entry-Level Physical Therapists (60 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$54,875 - $80,711
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$54,875 - $80,711  
   
Bonus
$510 - $7,306  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $6,020  
Commission
$11,000  
Total Pay (?
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$56,509 - $84,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,690
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$28.27 - $43.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.17  
Overtime
$34.68 - $59.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$510 - $7,306  
   
Commission
$11,000  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $6,020  
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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$56,509 - $84,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,871

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Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Physical Therapists, ATI Physical Therapy, RehabCare, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Athletico, Ltd., and Select Medical Corporation are leading firms in the industry. 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. Kindred Healthcare, RehabCare, and Select Physical Therapy are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Physical Therapists earning around $77K, $76K, or $70K at each firm, respectively.

Workers at Benchmark Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, and Healthsouth Corp. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $64K, $65K, and $65K respectively.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,870

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Physical Therapists that is 9 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Physical Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+5 percent), San Antonio (+4 percent), Minneapolis (+4 percent), and New York (+3 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Workers in Boston and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less).

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 320 votes.
063
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
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Home Care
up arrow 13%

Long Term Care
up arrow 10%


Neurophysiology
up arrow 5%

Spanish Language
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Orthopedics
0%

Acute Care
0%

Patient Education
0%

Neurology Clinic
0%

National Average
$68,000

Health and Wellness
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Neuroscience
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 320 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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