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Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT) Salary

The average Entry-Level Physical Therapist can expect to rake in roughly $63K per year. Overall incomes of Entry-Level Physical Therapists generally bottom out at around $53K and peak near $82K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $5K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Entry-Level Physical Therapists survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. For the most part, Entry-Level Physical Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$50,626 - $76,763
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $62,502
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$26.59 - $42.43
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$50,626 - $76,763  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,928  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $5,141  
Commission
$1,000 - $6,500  
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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$52,746 - $82,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,823
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$26.59 - $42.43  
   
Overtime
$33.69 - $62.14  
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 - $4,928  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $6,500  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $5,141  
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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$52,746 - $82,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,146
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT)


Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Physical Therapists, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Select Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, Aegis Therapies, Inc., and Kindred Healthcare are leading firms in the industry. Salary cannot be beat at Aegis Therapies, Inc., where median pay comes to $73K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $58K, and the higher end is not far away at $84K. Entry-Level Physical Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks at RehabCare ($71K), Kindred Healthcare ($68K), and Select Physical Therapy ($67K).

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $55K to just $75K — but Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $60K. Workers at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, ATI Physical Therapy, and Select Physical Therapy also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $65K, $67K, and $67K respectively.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Entry-Level Physical Therapists that is 13 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 San Diego (+7 percent), Houston (+6 percent), Phoenix (+3 percent), and New York (+2 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Denver (11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, 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.

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

Long Term Care
up arrow 13%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 13%

Geriatrics
up arrow 9%

Home Care
up arrow 9%

Rehabilitation
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
up arrow 4%

Health and Wellness
up arrow 4%

Spanish Language
up arrow 3%

Orthopedics
up arrow 2%

Wound Care
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Physical Therapy
up arrow 1%

Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Neuroscience
up arrow 1%

Neurology Clinic
0%

National Average
$65,000

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 882 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 13%