Pediatric Physical Therapist Salary
Pediatric Physical Therapists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $63K annually for pay. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although the larger part have medical coverage and approximately one-half have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.
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.Read More...
They must be friendly and like children. They must be fun and energetic. They must have excellent interpersonal and communications skills. They must answer relevant questions from the children themselves or from their parents or guardians. They are required to have their own transportation to visit clients at their homes or other locations. They must keep themselves up to date with various new programs and techniques relevant to physical therapy services. They must attend various training classes or workshops. To be good pediatric physical therapists, they must read various journals relevant to their fields.
Most employers require that their pediatric physical therapists have a master’s and/or doctorate degree in physical therapy. They must be licensed. They must have computer skills and be able to use relevant computer programs. Employers require that pediatric physical therapists have past work experience or that they have completed a required internship. They may have to supervise and/or give instructions to pediatric physical therapist assistants.
Pediatric Physical Therapist Tasks
- 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.
- 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
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pediatric Physical Therapists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $64K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $75K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $77K in this role. As Pediatric Physical Therapists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $83K.
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