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.
|Salary||$49,485 - $81,173|
|Bonus||$309.13 - $5,017|
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|$51,638 - $104,777|
|Hourly Rate||$29.14 - $63.90|
|Overtime||$0.74 - $65.10|
|Bonus||$309.13 - $5,017|
|Total Pay (||$51,638 - $104,777|
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.
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
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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