CA New Grad PT Jobs

Find A High Paying, New Grad Friendly Physical Therapy Job in California With Advanced Travel Therapy.

Some of the best physical therapy positions for new grads are in the incredible State of California. NorCal? SoCal? LA? San Francisco? San Diego? You can have your pick; we’ve got jobs in new grad friendly facilities in different settings throughout the state.

A great job in the location of your dreams is not the only advantage of taking your position with Advanced Travel Therapy, you will be enrolled into our industry-leading New Grad Program. You’ll get excellent pay, comprehensive medical coverage from day one, and new grad benefits like free CEUs and $5,000 in tuition reimbursement.

The most valuable part of our New Grad Program is being matched with a recruiter and a clinical mentor. Your recruiter will line up your job, help you with licensure, moving, and housing. On the other hand, your PT mentor who has traveled and treated across the country in different settings, will be there for all your clinical questions.

If you already live in California, you’re still eligible for a travel PT job with Advanced. If you’re interested in a new grad travel PT career in CA, apply with us today or call 1-800-330-7711.

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How Much Do PTs Make In CA? reports that California is in the top 5 paying states for physical therapists, in fact, it is third in line after Nevada and New Jersey. This sounds like good news, right? Well Advanced Travel Therapy would like you to know that there’s even better news. Travel physical therapists make more than their non-traveling counterparts with similar education and experience levels!

Traveling with Advanced, you can take advantage of tax-breaks and stipends that can increase your take home pay. We will also offer you $5,000 in tuition reimbursement, great benefits, referral bonuses, and free CEUs. All these factors add up and greatly raise your earning potential as a new grad. In addition, you will have a recruiter making sure that your pay is the best that it can be.

If you’re interested in earning more as a new grad travel PT in California, apply now!

Average Base Salary for Physical Therapists in California


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Number of Physical Therapists in California

Salary Range for Physical Therapists in California


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Senior Level Salary

Scale starts at $60,000
Starting Salary $64,610
Median Salary $95,350
High Salary $127,780
Scale ends at $130,000

Data from 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics


PT Settings in California

Do you think that you deserve financial stability and professional flexibility after completing your DPT? We do too. It is our goal at Advanced Travel Therapy to ensure that our new grad PTs have the confidence, security, and support they need to explore and prioritize their professional and personal interests. Through 13-week travel assignments, you can try different settings in locations across the country, try the same setting in different facilities, or extend at one you love.

Below you will find short descriptions of a few of the settings you can explore in California.

Skilled Nursing Facilities

When it comes to patients and diagnoses, there is some variation at a skilled nursing facility. Patients may need help rehabilitating due to concerns that range from the neurological to the orthopedic. They may also be at the facility for a short term stay or be residents. One of the most important things to be gained at a SNF is the experience working on a interdisciplinary team of various healthcare professionals including nurses, OTs, and SLPs. A new grad PT will learn a lot about comprehensive care while completing a SNF assignment.

Home Health

A home health assignment may not be a new grad’s first choice since the responsibility can be a little daunting, but this setting offers opportunities to learn independence, confidence, and relationship building. You will also get to treat many different diagnoses such as joint replacement, fractures, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, heart failure, and more. This is also a great choice for a new grad who isn’t ready to commit to working in the same facility every day and needs a little variety.


The patients a new grad will treat in an outpatient setting will usually be motivated to get better.  In an outpatient clinic or hospital, PTs will see individuals who are struggling with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular impairments. This means a new grad will get to treat varying diagnoses for patients who want to improve.

California PT Licensure Board Physical Therapy Board of California

2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1350 Sacramento, CA 95815

Phone: 916-561-8200
Fax: 916-263-2560


We are not going to beat around the bush, to get the awesome job you want in California, you are going to have a CA PT License. The California license is also pretty pricey and we know that the topic of licensure can make therapists a little nervous. On our team, you don’t have to worry about any of that. We reimburse our travelers for one license or license renewal per assignment. Your recruiter will also do what he or she can to help make the application process less stressful. If you want to learn more about the California PT License or licensure in other states, check out our comprehensive Physical Therapy Licensure Boards Guide.

Living In California

Tip-to-tip, California is one of the coolest states in the nation. It has so much to offer a new grad PT who takes an assignment there that 13-weeks may not cut it.

California is large and geographically diverse, but generally has good weather all year long. It also offers visitors and residents two word cities, Los Angeles and San Francisco, each with its own unique culture and art, music, shopping, and food venues.  So if you are a new grad PT who wants to make the best of the night or city life, California will not disappoint.

The Golden State also gives the more outdoorsy PT plenty to explore. With over 800 miles of coastline, beach activities are high on the list of popular California attractions. Beyond beaches there are also amazing mountains, forests, and parks to discover. Whether you like to hike, bike, ski, camp, kayak, bungee jump, sky dive, or surf, you’ll find the perfect spot to do it in CA.

Here’s a list of a few must-see attractions that you can plan to see on your assignment:

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Disneyland
  • Redwood National Park
  • Napa Valley
  • Hollywood
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Union Square

If you’re not a PT yet but are interested in becoming one, there are great PT programs in California. Below are a couple of links to get you started on your search. As you get closer to graduating make sure you check our blog where you’ll find a lot of good information for new grads.

University of Southern California

San Francisco State University

What is the cost of living for Physical Therapists in California?

Cost of living in different cities.

  1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA +22% ⇧ 
    San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA +22% ⇧ 
  2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA +21.4% ⇧ 
    Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA +21.4% ⇧ 
  3. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA +21.3% ⇧ 
    San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA +21.3% ⇧ 
  4. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA +19% ⇧ 
    San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA +19% ⇧ 
  5. Napa, CA +18.5% ⇧ 
    Napa, CA +18.5% ⇧ 
  6. Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA +18.2% ⇧ 
    Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA +18.2% ⇧ 
  7. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA +18.2% ⇧ 
    Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA +18.2% ⇧ 
  8. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA +16.3% ⇧ 
    Vallejo-Fairfield, CA +16.3% ⇧ 
  9. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA +14.6% ⇧ 
    Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA +14.6% ⇧ 
  10. Salinas, CA +7.1% ⇧ 
    Salinas, CA +7.1% ⇧ 
  11. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA +6.9% ⇧ 
    San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA +6.9% ⇧ 
  12. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA +6.3% ⇧ 
    Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA +6.3% ⇧ 
  13. Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA +2.4% ⇧ 
    Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA +2.4% ⇧ 
  14. Stockton, CA +0.6% ⇧ 
    Stockton, CA +0.6% ⇧ 
  15. Chico, CA +0.2% ⇧ 
    Chico, CA +0.2% ⇧ 
  16. Modesto, CA -0.9% ⇩ 
    Modesto, CA -0.9% ⇩ 
  17. Redding, CA -1.4% ⇩ 
    Redding, CA -1.4% ⇩ 
  18. Fresno, CA -2.4% ⇩ 
    Fresno, CA -2.4% ⇩ 
  19. Bakersfield-Delano, CA -2.7% ⇩ 
    Bakersfield-Delano, CA -2.7% ⇩ 
  20. Merced, CA -4.2% ⇩ 
    Merced, CA -4.2% ⇩ 
  21. Visalia-Porterville, CA -4.4% ⇩ 
    Visalia-Porterville, CA -4.4% ⇩ 

What are these numbers? The Regional Price Parity the cost of goods and services in a region in comparison to the national average, which is set at 100. For example New York's RPP is 122.2, meaning that goods there cost 22.2% more than the national average.

Data from 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics

Travel Benefits

  1. 100% Paid Medical Coverage

  2. Lucrative Pay

  3. 401k with Company Matching

  4. Customized Travel Packages

  5. Robust Clinical and Lifestyle Mentorship

  6. Large Support Staff

  1. State Licensure Reimbursement

  2. Significant Referral Bonus

  3. Personal Recruiter

  4. Exceptional Customer Service (24 hours/day)

  5. Clinical Director

  1. Corporate Furnished Housing or Generous Lodging Per Diem

  2. Travel Expense Allowance

  3. Meals and Incidentals Stipend

  4. Professional & General Liability Coverage

  5. Advanced Education CEU's

  1. Why Advanced Medical

    Joining the Advanced Medical team gives you the attention you deserve. We work closely with each candidate to find the right fit clinically, culturally and financially. We also offer:

    • Five-star customer service
    • Clinical & licensure support
    • and much, much more!

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    • Advanced found me the perfect travel job in an outpatient setting. It was such a great match that I ended up staying on as a full time employee. If I decide to ever travel again, I will not hesitate to call Advanced.

      Mary TMary T.
    • After traveling with several different travel companies I found Advanced. I have now completed 3 great assignments and will never leave this company. Finally a company that actually delivers on what they say.

      Linda WLinda W.
      Sacramento, CA
    • We Just moved into my apartment provided by Advanced and we are loving it! My wife and I are both therapists and the apartment is amazing, it has its own movie theater, fitness center and many other amenities.

      Michael FMichael F.
      Dallas, TX
    • I was referred to Advanced by another traveler in my building that worked for them. She kept telling me that they really do customize packages and pay top rates so I called them and that is exactly what they did.

      Nancy PNancy P.
      Charleston, SC

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