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

Pay for Entry-Level Physical Therapists sits in the ballpark of $62K annually. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $5K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $52K and hits $82K on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Entry-Level Physical Therapists (62 percent) are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT) Salary (?
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$50,375 - $76,229
(Median)
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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  
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,200
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT)

Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Select Physical Therapy, Kindred Healthcare, and ATI Physical Therapy are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Physical Therapists. Although salaries only range from $58K to just $84K, Aegis Therapies, Inc. still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $73K.
With a median salary of $60K, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital provides Entry-Level Physical Therapists with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $75K, limiting employee salary growth. Kindred Healthcare and ATI Physical Therapy are other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($66K and $68K, respectively).

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$64,000
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For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Physical Therapists in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include San Diego, Houston, Phoenix, and Seattle, top-paying cities where Entry-Level Physical Therapists see paychecks higher than average (+6 percent, +6 percent, +3 percent, and +3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pittsburgh (9 percent lower) and Denver (7 percent lower).

Physical Therapist (PT) Advice

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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 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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Orthopedics
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Physical Therapy
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Wound Care
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Acute Care
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Neurology Clinic
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Neuroscience
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National Average
$64,000
Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 1043 votes.

Gender

Female
62%
female alumni
 
Male
38%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

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