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Pediatric Physical Therapist Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Pediatric Physical Therapists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $62K per year. Compensation ranges from $51K on the lower end to $97K per year on the higher end. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the greater part have medical coverage and about one-half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Pediatric Physical Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Pediatric Physical Therapist Salary (?
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$49,051 - $78,461
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MEDIAN: $61,679
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Pediatric Physical Therapist Salary (?
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$27.66 - $55.54
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MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,051 - $78,461  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,013  
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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$51,282 - $96,739  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 429
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$27.66 - $55.54  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,013  
   
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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$51,282 - $96,739  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 329
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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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $62K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $69K. Pediatric Physical Therapists see a median salary of $75K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Pediatric Physical Therapists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $81K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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$67,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Pediatric Physical Therapists, Bozeman offers exceptional salaries, 10 percent above the national average. Pediatric Physical Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Rochester, 16 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (16 percent less) and Houston (9 percent less).

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Experience Affects Pediatric Physical Therapist Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
94%
female alumni
 
Male
6%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 30%