Average Senior Physical Therapist Salary

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The average salary for a Senior Physical Therapist is $83,499.
MEDIAN $83,499
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$68k - $103k
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$1k - $6k
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$71k - $108k

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Job Description for Senior Physical Therapist

Senior Physical Therapist Tasks
  • 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.
  • 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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Physical Therapist

The top respondents for the job title Senior Physical Therapist are from the companies Kaiser Permanente, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital and M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Reported salaries are highest at Kaiser Permanente where the average pay is $102,030. Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital pays the lowest at around $72,000.

Career Paths

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Senior Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (PT)
Licensed Physical Therapist (LPT)
Lead Physical Therapist (PT)
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Senior Physical Therapist

Skills in Physical Therapy, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation, Geriatrics and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Physical Therapist

An early career Senior Physical Therapist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $75,675 based on 42 salaries. A mid-career Senior Physical Therapist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $79,321 based on 99 salaries. An experienced Senior Physical Therapist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $87,780 based on 170 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $88,394.
Employees with Senior Physical Therapist in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 19.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (14.0% more) and Los Angeles, California (12.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Austin, Texas (15.1% less), Cleveland, Ohio (7.5% less) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7.2% less).

Years of Experience

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