Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT) Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Physical Therapists is around $64K per year. In the world of Entry-Level Physical Therapists, overall income ranges from $55K near the bottom to $84K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. 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 the larger part collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women account for the majority of Entry-Level Physical Therapists who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$52,571 - $78,618
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$53K
$64K
$79K
MEDIAN: $64,100
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$27.39 - $43.26
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$27
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$52,571 - $78,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,935  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $6,000  
Commission
$2,700  
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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$54,567 - $83,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$27.39 - $43.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.32  
Overtime
$33.58 - $62.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,935  
   
Commission
$2,700  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $6,000  
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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$54,567 - $83,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,283
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Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, ATI Physical Therapy, Kindred Healthcare, Select Medical Corporation, and Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Physical Therapists. Although salaries only range from $65K to just $103K, Kaiser Permanente still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $87K. Soaring salaries can also be found at RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., and Kindred Healthcare, where earnings of $78K, $73K, or $71K are standard for Entry-Level Physical Therapists.

Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital offers the least pay with a median salary of $63K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $77K. Employees at Select Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, and Select Medical Corporation can also expect below-average earnings of $64K, $65K, and $65K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,291

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Physical Therapists that is 10 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 Houston (+4 percent), Philadelphia (+3 percent), San Diego (+3 percent), and Dallas (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, St. Louis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Pittsburgh and 5 percent less in Boston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 Physical Therapist (PT) Salaries

Long Term Care
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Home Care
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Home Health/Home Care
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Wound Care
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Spanish Language
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Rehabilitation
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Patient Education
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Health and Wellness
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Orthopedics
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Physical Therapy
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Acute Care
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Neuroscience
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Neurology Clinic
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National Average
$66,000

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 499 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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