Avg. Base Salary (USD)
The average salary for a Physical Therapist (PT) is $71,995
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Physical Therapist (PT)s?
An entry-level Physical Therapist (PT) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $67,370 based on 2,656 salaries. An early career Physical Therapist (PT) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,546 based on 6,051 …Read more
What Do Physical Therapist (PT)s Do?
Physical therapists are directly involved in the recovery of patients with a wide range of medical conditions on a daily basis; problems can range from simple sprained ankles or knees to extreme disabilities, such as strokes. They are generally responsible for helping people regain the abilities to perform basic daily activities and work with patients of all ages, from children to the elderly. Some may work in small outpatient rehab facilities with athletes or those with minor disabilities, or …Read more
- Administer manual exercises, massage or traction to help relieve pain, increase patient strength or decrease or prevent deformity.
- Perform an initial exam, evaluate medical records and physician's referral and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
- Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
- Discharge patient from physical therapy when projected outcomes have been attained and provide for follow-up care or referrals.