Physical TherapistSample Job Descriptions, Salaries, and Interview Questions

Physical therapists diagnose and treat people who have medical problems or conditions that hinder their ability to enjoy an active lifestyle. They provide treatment to relieve pain, improve mobility, and reduce the need for medication and surgery. Physical therapists work in hospitals, nursing homes, private offices, fitness facilities, and other settings. They spend a lot of time on their feet, interacting with patients. All states require physical therapists, which are sometimes called PTs, to have a degree and be licensed.

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Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a physical therapist is $92,350 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$91,850$124,250
Los Angeles, California$103,600$140,200
Denver, Colorado$86,350$116,800
Washington, DC$105,200$142,300
Miami, Florida$85,950$116,300
Orlando, Florida$79,300$107,250
Tampa, Florida$80,050$108,350
Atlanta, Georgia$84,000$113,650
Chicago, Illinois$96,550$130,650
Boston, Massachusetts$104,400$141,250
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$83,200$112,600
New York City, New York$109,900$148,700
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$89,500$121,050
Dallas, Texas$87,150$117,900
Houston, Texas$86,350$116,800
Seattle, Washington$100,500$135,950
National Average$78,500$106,200

Sample interview questions

  • What made you want to become a physical therapist?
  • What do you enjoy the most about being a physical therapist, and what is one thing you wish you could change about the job?
  • Do you have a degree in physical therapy?
  • When you work closely with a patient, how do you schedule and create an ideal appointment or session?
  • What is the most common aspect of physical therapy you will use?
  • How would you manage or treat a movement disorder?
  • What are some relevant certifications you have which would help you be a better physical therapist?
  • Are you knowledgeable in kinesiology?
  • How would you resolve an issue you had with a coworker or patient?
  • As a physical therapist, what is one thing you enjoy about helping your patients?
  • Give me a sample treatment plan for someone with a bad back.

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