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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 $62K annually. Compensation ranges between $51K and $97K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Pediatric Physical Therapists. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one-half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$49,459 - $79,251
(Median)
$49K
$62K
$79K
MEDIAN: $62,304
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$27.87 - $55.97
(Median)
$28
$38
$56
MEDIAN: $37.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,459 - $79,251  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,897  
Total Pay (?
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$51,446 - $96,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 445
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$27.87 - $55.97  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,897  
   
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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$51,446 - $96,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 337

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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.


For Pediatric Physical Therapists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $63K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $68K. Pediatric Physical Therapists see a median salary of $76K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $81K.

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Experience Affects Pediatric Physical Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$67,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 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
21%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 30%
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