Pediatric Physical Therapist Salary

Pediatric Physical Therapists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $63K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and close to one-half receive dental plans. Most Pediatric Physical Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,485 - $81,173
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$63K
$81K
MEDIAN: $63,464
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$29.14 - $63.90
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MEDIAN: $39.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,485 - $81,173  
   
Bonus
$309.13 - $5,017  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$51,638 - $104,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 283
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.14 - $63.90  
   
Overtime
$0.74 - $65.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$309.13 - $5,017  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$51,638 - $104,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 170

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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.
  • 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

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: $68,193

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

For those looking to make money, Pediatric Physical Therapists in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 50 percent above the national average. Pediatric Physical Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia (14 percent lower) and Denver (9 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Pediatric Physical Therapist

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
17%
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 30 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 33%
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