An average Entry-Level Physical Therapist can expect to take home roughly $66K per year. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Entry-Level Physical Therapists spread between $56K and $85K depending on individual performance. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. More than half of Entry-Level Physical Therapists (60 percent) survey participants are women. Most Entry-Level Physical Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$54,651 - $80,345
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$55K
$66K
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MEDIAN: $65,527
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$28.26 - $43.59
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$54,651 - $80,345  
   
Bonus
$509 - $7,287  
Profit Sharing
$873 - $6,219  
Commission
$11,000  
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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$56,304 - $84,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,571
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$28.26 - $43.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.00  
Overtime
$34.61 - $59.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$509 - $7,287  
   
Commission
$11,000  
Profit Sharing
$873 - $6,219  
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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$56,304 - $84,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,850
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Entry-Level Physical Therapists flock to ATI Physical Therapy, RehabCare, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, and Select Medical Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Kaiser Permanente pays the most with a median salary of $87K, though there is little variation overall ($65K to $103K). Signature Healthcare, LLC, RehabCare, and Kindred Healthcare also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Physical Therapists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $79K, $76K, and $74K, respectively.

Employees at Results Physiotherapy, Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, and ATI Physical Therapy can also expect below-average earnings of $63K, $65K, and $66K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,586

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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Physical Therapists, 8 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Physical Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+5 percent), Minneapolis (+4 percent), New York (+4 percent), and Atlanta (+3 percent). St. Louis is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Boston (4 percent less).

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"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 Physical Therapist (PT) Salaries

Home Care
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Home Health/Home Care
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Long Term Care
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Wound Care
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Spanish Language
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Rehabilitation
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Physical Therapy
0%

Orthopedics
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Acute Care
0%

Patient Education
0%

National Average
$68,000

Health and Wellness
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Neurology Clinic
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Neuroscience
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 306 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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