Pediatric Physical Therapist Salary

The larger portion of Pediatric Physical Therapists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $62K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $51K to $97K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Pediatric Physical Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half.

$49,242 - $79,063
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$49K
$62K
$79K
MEDIAN: $61,810
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$27.79 - $55.50
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$28
$37
$56
MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,242 - $79,063  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,944  
Total Pay (?
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$51,303 - $96,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 441
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$27.79 - $55.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.52  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,944  
   
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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$51,303 - $96,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 333

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Job Description for Pediatric Physical Therapist

Pediatric physical therapists are responsible for aiding children who are either recovering physical abilities that they may have lost due to illness or injury, or maintaining the abilities that a permanently disabled child may have. As such, working as a pediatric physical therapist requires a passion for caring for children as well as patience and a great capacity to guide.

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Pediatric Physical Therapist Tasks

  • Administer manual exercises, massage or traction to help relieve pain, increase patient strength or decrease or prevent deformity.
  • Perform an initial exam, evaluate medical records and physician's referral and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
  • Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
  • Discharge patient from physical therapy when projected outcomes have been attained and provide for follow-up care or referrals.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pediatric Physical Therapist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $62K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $68K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Pediatric Physical Therapists make a median salary of $75K. Pediatric Physical Therapists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $81K.

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Experience Affects Pediatric Physical Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$67,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 30%