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Physical Therapist - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Physical Therapist"

How much does a Physical Therapist in the federal government get paid? $101,556.31* *Based on the 2021 average.

Physical Therapist was the 94th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 2,728 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Physical Therapist, with an average salary of $101,861.

Government Physical Therapist jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Physical Therapist job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired a Physical Therapist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 2,672 $101,861.09
Indian Health Service 43 $80,935.44
National Institutes of Health 9 $110,666.89
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 2 $76,300.00
1 $0.00
Food and Drug Administration 1 $143,606.00

Physical Therapist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Physical Therapist is $101,556.31. The highest paid Physical Therapist made $172,750 in 2021.

Common Physical Therapist Payscales

Payscale Number of Physical Therapist Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,653
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 71
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 2
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 1
* - Invalid 1

Starting Paygrade: $36,070.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $152,771.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Multiseries Position Classification Standard for Therapist  jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Quality AssuranceAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Accounting TechnicianClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Autopsy AssistantTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Civilian PayClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
General TelecommunicationClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Physical Therapist Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Physical Therapist was $62,114. Since then, the average pay has increased to $101,556 in 2021.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0633.

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