Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT) Salary (United States)

More than three-quarters of Entry-Level Physical Therapists are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $64,443 annually. Cash earnings—including $4,917 in bonuses and $5,011 profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale—generally stretch from $50,375 to $76,229 depending on individual performance. Residency and the specific employer each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; most claim both medical and dental insurance and about half get vision coverage. Female Entry-Level Physical Therapists are more prevalent than men—62 percent of professionals in this field are women. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Entry-Level Physical Therapists who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT) Salary (?
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$50,375 - $76,229
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MEDIAN: $62,137
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Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT) Salary (?
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$26.32 - $41.96
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$50,375 - $76,229  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,917  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,011  
Commission
$972 - $6,104  
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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$52,224 - $81,987  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,887
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$26.32 - $41.96  
   
Overtime
$33.09 - $61.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,917  
   
Commission
$972 - $6,104  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,011  
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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$52,224 - $81,987  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,200
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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Entry-Level Physical Therapists include Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Select Physical Therapy, Kindred Healthcare, and ATI Physical Therapy. Though salaries lack room to grow—pay ranges from $58K to just $84K—Aegis Therapies, Inc. still offers the highest pay in town with a median paycheck of $72,697.
Pay for Entry-Level Physical Therapists is the lowest at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, which has a median salary of $60,347. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $77K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Kindred Healthcare.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Physical Therapists that is 14 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Also paying near the top of the field are San Diego, Houston, Phoenix, and Seattle, where Entry-Level Physical Therapists annually earn 6 percent, 6 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent more than the national average. With compensation 13 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (-9 percent) and Denver (-7 percent).

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

Home Health/Home Care
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Long Term Care
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Geriatrics
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Home Care
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Rehabilitation
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Patient Education
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Health and Wellness
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Spanish Language
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Physical Therapy
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Wound Care
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National Average
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Gender

Female
62%
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Male
38%
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Common Health Benefits

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