Entry-Level Physical Therapist (PT) Salary

An average Entry-Level Physical Therapist can expect to take home roughly $66K per year. 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 particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Entry-Level Physical Therapists survey participants are more prevalent than men — 60 percent of professionals. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Most Entry-Level Physical Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$55,928 - $80,392
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$67K
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MEDIAN: $66,518
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$28.81 - $43.68
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$0$84K
Salary $55,928 - $80,392
Bonus $695 - $6,655
Profit Sharing $490.35 - $9,635
Commission $9,050
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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$57,599 - $84,928
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,143
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $28.81 - $43.68
Hourly Tips $1.27
Overtime $35.70 - $61.26
Annual Data $0$84K
Bonus $695 - $6,655
Commission $9,050
Profit Sharing $490.35 - $9,635
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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$57,599 - $84,928
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,106

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Physical Therapist (PT) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Physical Therapist (PT)


Many Entry-Level Physical Therapists can be found at ATI Physical Therapy, RehabCare, Athletico, Ltd., Select Medical Corporation, and Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, firms that are at the top of the field. With a median salary of $87K, Kaiser Permanente offers Entry-Level Physical Therapists the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $65K and are capped at $103K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Kindred Healthcare, RehabCare, and Aegis Therapies, Inc., top-paying firms where Entry-Level Physical Therapists rake in a $77K, $76K, or $70K, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Benchmark Physical Therapy ($64K), Healthsouth Corp. ($64K), and Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine ($65K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,545

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

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Physical Therapists in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 9 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Physical Therapists will also find cushy salaries in San Antonio (+6 percent), Philadelphia (+4 percent), New York (+3 percent), and Atlanta (+2 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Denver and 3 percent less in Boston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 417 votes.
Less than 1 year
27%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
11%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Physical Therapist (PT) Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
▲14%

Home Care
▲13%


▲6%

Neurophysiology
▲5%

Spanish Language
▲4%



Patient Education
▼0%

National Average
$69,000

Orthopedics
▼1%

Acute Care
▼1%

Neurology Clinic
▼1%

Health and Wellness
▼2%

Neuroscience
▼2%

▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 417 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 14%
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