Physical Therapist

Helping people to return to normal, one step, pop, crack, bend and stretch at a time.

Overview

Physical therapists plan and execute rehabilitation programs to help patients return to a higher level of physical function after an accident or surgery. They will often also help to manage or lessen the pain experienced by someone stricken with a degenerative condition or terminal disease. Physical therapists help patients through a combination of physical activity, reflexology, massage and muscular and skeletal manipulation.

With an aging population the job outlook for physical therapists looks strong. So how do you become a physical therapist? Most have pursued a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and all have obtained a state issued license to practice. Like many other professional licenses, a license to practice physical therapy usually requires continued education in the field to maintain certification.

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Pros
  • good benefits
  • continuing education
  • patient care
Cons
  • patient care
  • upper management
  • full time
  • Median Salary
  • Number of Jobs
  • Unemployment Rate

Demographics

Salary Range

Below is the national average for Physical Therapist salaries as well as what you can expect in top paying cities.

Median Salary
Salary Range
National
$65,916
$55k $83k
Washington, DC
$69,000
$60k $73k
Las Vegas, NV
$65,400
$53k $83k
Houston, TX
$60,507
$55k $83k

Top Paying Companies

Physical Therapist salaries can vary widely across companies. Here are some of the top paying companies you should consider.

1. Gentiva

Salary
$92,461
Headquarters
Atlanta, GA
Size
17,200+ Employees
Type
Company - Public
Industry
Health Care
Revenue
$1B+ (USD) per year

2. LAGNIAPPE REHABILITATION SERVICES

Salary
$90,731
Headquarters
Winnfield
Size
0+ Employees
Type
Company - Private
Industry
Health Care
Revenue
No Reported (USD) per year

3. YAI National Institute

Salary
$86,875
Headquarters
New York, NY
Size
10+ Employees
Type
Company - Private
Industry
Non-Profit
Revenue
$600K+ (USD) per year

4. Mastech

Salary
$82,537
Headquarters
Pittsburgh, PA
Size
3,000+ Employees
Type
Company - Public
Industry
Business Services
Revenue
$300M+ (USD) per year

5. Hallmark Rehabilitation

Salary
$80,993
Headquarters
Foothill Ranch
Size
0+ Employees
Type
Company - Private
Revenue
No Reported (USD) per year

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