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Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT) Salary

Entry-Level Physical Therapists pull down an average of $63K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $5K, total cash payment to Entry-Level Physical Therapists can bottom out at $53K or peak near $83K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Female Entry-Level Physical Therapists survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,073 - $77,251
(Median)
$51K
$63K
$77K
MEDIAN: $62,995
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$26.74 - $43.00
(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
$51,073 - $77,251  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,899  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $5,156  
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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$53,295 - $82,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,673
National Hourly Rate 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$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$26.74 - $43.00  
   
Overtime
$34.13 - $62.21  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,899  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $5,156  
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).
)
$53,295 - $82,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,074

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


Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Select Physical Therapy, and Kindred Healthcare are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Physical Therapists. Kaiser Permanente does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $84K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $55K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $106K. Also paying near the top of the field are RehabCare at $76K, Aegis Therapies, Inc. at $73K, and Kindred Healthcare, where Entry-Level Physical Therapists annually earn $68K.

Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $60K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $75K and scope of pay is rather limited. Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, Select Physical Therapy, and ATI Physical Therapy are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($65K, $66K, and $67K respectively).

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 11 percent, Entry-Level Physical Therapists in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, St. Louis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Pittsburgh and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 6 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
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Home Care
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Long Term Care
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Rehabilitation
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Health and Wellness
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Wound Care
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Patient Education
up arrow 3%

Spanish Language
up arrow 2%

Orthopedics
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Physical Therapy
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Acute Care
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Neuroscience
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National Average
$65,000

Neurology Clinic
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 687 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%