Certified Hand Therapist Salary

Earnings for Certified Hand Therapists in the United States come in at around $39.25 per hour on average. Total cash earnings of Certified Hand Therapists range from $64K on the low end to $102K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $6K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Certified Hand Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Certified Hand Therapists who took the survey — 87 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and more than two-fifths have dental, too.

$59,943 - $93,371
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MEDIAN: $79,563
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$31.89 - $49.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,943 - $93,371  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
Profit Sharing
$777 - $6,112  
Total Pay (?
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$64,107 - $102,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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
$777 - $6,112  
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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$64,107 - $102,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.


Certified Hand Therapists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $69K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $77K. Certified Hand Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $83K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $88K.

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Experience Affects Certified Hand Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

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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