Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT) Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Physical Therapists lies in the neighborhood of $63K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $5K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $54K and hits $83K on the high end. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Entry-Level Physical Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The majority of Entry-Level Physical Therapists (62 percent) who took the survey are female. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,502 - $77,771
(Median)
$52K
$63K
$78K
MEDIAN: $63,442
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$27.02 - $43.04
(Median)
$27
$33
$43
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$51,502 - $77,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,866  
Profit Sharing
$289.06 - $5,098  
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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$53,790 - $83,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,754
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$27.02 - $43.04  
   
Overtime
$33.15 - $62.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,866  
   
Profit Sharing
$289.06 - $5,098  
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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$53,790 - $83,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,078
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT)


Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Kindred Healthcare, and Kaiser Permanente are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Entry-Level Physical Therapists. Salary cannot be beat at Kaiser Permanente, where median pay comes to $86K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $61K, and the higher end is not far away at $104K. RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., and Kindred Healthcare are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Physical Therapists earning around $80K, $73K, or $68K at each firm, respectively.

The lowest salaries can be found at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital — median pay is $60K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $55K and only reaching $75K. Select Physical Therapy, Physiotherapy Assoc., and Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine also rank near the bottom for pay, each handing out $65K-paychecks on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Physical Therapists, 11 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Physical Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+5 percent), Dallas (+4 percent), San Diego (+3 percent), and Philadelphia (+2 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Denver (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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

Home Care
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Long Term Care
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Home Health/Home Care
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Wound Care
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Rehabilitation
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Health and Wellness
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Spanish Language
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Patient Education
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Orthopedics
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Physical Therapy
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Neuroscience
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Acute Care
0%

National Average
$66,000

Neurology Clinic
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 558 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%
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