Certified Hand Therapist Salary

Pay for Certified Hand Therapists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $39.25 per hour. In the world of Certified Hand Therapists, total cash compensation can vary between $65K and $102K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $6K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. There are far more female Certified Hand Therapists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 87 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$60,836 - $93,371
(Median)
$61K
$80K
$93K
MEDIAN: $80,049
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$31.89 - $49.91
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$32
$39
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MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,836 - $93,371  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
Profit Sharing
$778 - $6,097  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$64,720 - $102,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$31.89 - $49.91  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $76.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
   
Profit Sharing
$778 - $6,097  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$64,720 - $102,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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Job Description for Certified Hand Therapist

The position of a hand therapist is employed by a variety of health care organizations, such as hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation centers. Most companies are searching for applicants who have a Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy, though a Master's degree is more preferable. Applicants should also be certified as physical or occupational therapists in their company's state, and some organizations may prefer those with basic life support certifications, as well.

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Certified Hand Therapist Tasks

  • Develop hand therapy treatment plans specific to patient needs.
  • Evaluate and provide treatment for patients needing hand therapy services.
  • Perform static and dynamic splinting treatment.
  • Supervise therapy assistants and aides during therapy sessions.

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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Hand Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Certified Hand Therapists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $69K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $77K. Certified Hand Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $83K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $88K.

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Experience Affects Certified Hand Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$82,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 32%
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