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Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT) Salary

Entry-Level Physical Therapists take home approximately $63K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Physical Therapists approaches anywhere from $53K on the lower end to $83K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are more female Entry-Level Physical Therapists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 62 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$51,208 - $77,419
(Median)
$51K
$63K
$77K
MEDIAN: $63,145
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$26.78 - $42.93
(Median)
$27
$33
$43
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$51,208 - $77,419  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,885  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $5,171  
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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$53,441 - $82,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,700
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$26.78 - $42.93  
   
Overtime
$34.01 - $61.90  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,885  
   
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $5,171  
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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$53,441 - $82,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,078

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT)


Entry-Level Physical Therapists fill the offices of leading firms Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Kindred Healthcare, and Select Physical Therapy. Kaiser Permanente offers the largest salaries in town ($84K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $55K to $106K. Entry-Level Physical Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks at RehabCare ($79K), Aegis Therapies, Inc. ($73K), and Kindred Healthcare ($68K).

With a median salary of $60K, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital provides Entry-Level Physical Therapists with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $75K, limiting employee salary growth. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Select Physical Therapy ($65K), Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine ($65K), and ATI Physical Therapy ($67K).

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Physical Therapists, 11 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Physical Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+5 percent), San Diego (+5 percent), Dallas (+4 percent), and New York (+2 percent). St. Louis is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Workers in Pittsburgh and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

Physical Therapist (PT) Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT) Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 13%

Long Term Care
up arrow 12%

Home Care
up arrow 12%


Rehabilitation
up arrow 4%

Wound Care
up arrow 4%

Health and Wellness
up arrow 3%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Spanish Language
up arrow 2%

Orthopedics
up arrow 1%

Physical Therapy
up arrow 1%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Neuroscience
up arrow 1%

National Average
$65,000

Neurology Clinic
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 643 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 13%
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