Pediatric Physical Therapist Salary

Women account for the majority of Pediatric Physical Therapists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $63K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Pediatric Physical Therapists. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and around half have dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$49,468 - $80,905
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$63K
$81K
MEDIAN: $63,443
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$28.96 - $63.98
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MEDIAN: $40.03
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,468 - $80,905  
   
Bonus
$309.13 - $5,017  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$51,386 - $104,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 279
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.96 - $63.98  
   
Overtime
$46.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$309.13 - $5,017  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$51,386 - $104,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 169

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Job Description for Pediatric Physical Therapist

Pediatric physical therapists provide therapeutic services to children who are injured, are physically disabled, have movement problems due to an illness or disease, or were born with certain disabilities. Their goals is to improve and maximize their patients’ functional physical abilities. They treat their patients at hospitals, patients’ homes, patients’ schools, and outpatient clinics. They must document progress toward treatment objectives. They assist in patients’ activities relevant to their therapy. They usually design specific exercise programs for patients to do at home.

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Pediatric Physical Therapist Tasks

  • Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pediatric Physical Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Pediatric Physical Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Pediatric Physical Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 253 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Pediatric Physical Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 79 salaries. An experienced Pediatric Physical Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 99 salaries. A Pediatric Physical Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 73 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,116

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Pediatric Physical Therapists will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 50 percent. Pediatric Physical Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 17 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Philadelphia (14 percent less) and Denver (9 percent less).

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Key Stats for Pediatric Physical Therapist

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Pediatric Physical Therapist Salaries

▲21%

▲13%

▲12%

National Average
$68,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Pediatric Physical Therapist Salaries

National Average
$68,000

▼1%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 30%