Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT) Salary

An average Entry-Level Physical Therapist can expect to take home roughly $66K annually. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Physical Therapists — including $7K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $57K to $85K depending on individual performance. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Entry-Level Physical Therapists (61 percent) who took the survey are women. Most Entry-Level Physical Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$55,780 - $80,588
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$66K
$81K
MEDIAN: $66,420
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$28.66 - $43.79
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$0$84K
Salary $55,780 - $80,588
Bonus $625 - $7,014
Profit Sharing $506 - $9,744
Commission $2,504
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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$57,421 - $84,929
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,983
Hourly Data $0$60
Hourly Rate $28.66 - $43.79
Hourly Tips $1.27
Overtime $35.64 - $60.66
Annual Data $0$84K
Bonus $625 - $7,014
Commission $2,504
Profit Sharing $506 - $9,744
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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$57,421 - $84,929
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,986

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Popular Employer Salaries for Physical Therapist (PT)


Entry-Level Physical Therapists flock to ATI Physical Therapy, RehabCare, Athletico, Ltd., Select Medical Corporation, and Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although the highest salaries can be found at Kaiser Permanente where median pay is $87K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $65K and $103K. Other big spenders include Kindred Healthcare, RehabCare, and Aegis Therapies, Inc., top-paying firms where Entry-Level Physical Therapists see paychecks nearing $77K, $76K, or $70K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Benchmark Physical Therapy at $64K, Healthsouth Corp. at $64K, and Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, where $65K is the norm.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,405

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Entry-Level Physical Therapists, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Physical Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+6 percent), Philadelphia (+4 percent), New York (+3 percent), and Atlanta (+2 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (5 percent less) and Boston (3 percent less).

Physical Therapist (PT) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Physical Therapist (PT) in Alexander City:
"Manage time well."
Keep it simple and focus on what is realistic.

Physical Therapist (PT) in Prattville:
"You can feel washed up and undervalued if you are a contract."
I love my work. But if you are trying to balance family life, you won't make the big bucks that salaried PT's do. Still, I have no regrets!!!

Physical Therapist (PT) in Jonesboro:
"Ignorant leadership (admin and nursing) at facility."
Change career choice if not too late.

Physical Therapist (PT) in Greenville:
"Know where you are applying."
Avoid Private Sector or publicly traded physical therapy companies.

Physical Therapist (PT) in Philadelphia:
"Best job in the world."
Enjoy the patients, endure the paperwork.

Physical Therapist (PT) in Highland Park:
"Learn, Learn Learn."
Learn as much as you can when you are in school and in your clinicals. Get as many different types of clinicals as you can so you have an idea what type of field you you be most interested in.

Physical Therapist (PT) in Wichita:
"Too Much Paperwork."
Be diligent in your documentation and paperwork.

Key Stats for Physical Therapist (PT)

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 399 votes.
Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
10%
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Skills That Affect Physical Therapist (PT) Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
▲14%

Home Care
▲13%


▲7%

Neurophysiology
▲5%

Spanish Language
▲4%



Patient Education
▼0%

Neurology Clinic
▼0%

National Average
$68,000

Orthopedics
▼1%

Acute Care
▼1%

Neuroscience
▼1%

Health and Wellness
▼2%

▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 399 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 14%
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