Physical Therapist Salary
A physical therapy career means high pay and top benefits.
Found your calling in physical therapy? Physical therapists (PTs) work with patients of all ages, and have their pick of desirable locations across the country. Our physical therapy jobs offer challenges and rewards encompassing more than just highly competitive physical therapist salaries.
Apply online today and take your first step toward becoming a high-paid travel PT. Our physical therapists are indispensable to patients, to patients' families, and to the healthcare facilities that request travel PT support. While the hours can be long and physically demanding, mentoring patients and receiving great benefits and pay make it well worth the effort. Physical therapist salaries can climb as high as six figures — and for travel therapists, that pay is compounded by comprehensive travel benefits!
Physical therapy salaries get a boost from attractive career benefits including:
- A Tax Advantage Plan that can increase take-home pay by as much as 15%.
- A 401(k) with competitive company matching.
- Free private housing or a generous housing subsidy.
- Comprehensive health, dental, and life insurance.
- State licensure reimbursement.
- Unlimited free CEUs.
What should you expect to make as a new grad physical therapist?
According to Payscale data for 2017, a new PT can expect to make around $66,000/year, though that number will vary depending on the clinical setting, state and city of employment, education level, and so on. With just a few years of experience, Payscale puts average annual income around $75,000, with the top 10% of earners making over $90,000 annually. Experienced PTs can earn well into six figures. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 25 percent through 2026 in the United States, offering the best career opportunities in locations densely populated by seniors. Whether you practice physical therapy as a permanent staff member or work as a traveling PT in physical therapy jobs nationwide, you're sure to find career satisfaction!
Tips for Maximizing Your Physical Therapy Salary
- Graduate from a college or university accredited by The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
- Obtain your Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) rather than a Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT).
- Maintain American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) membership.
- Pursue American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS)-approved specialization.
- Stay up-to-date with your skills and knowledge by participating in continuing education opportunities.
- Seek employment in states and cities with high pay.
- Gain experience.