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Pediatric Physical Therapist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Pediatric Physical Therapists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $62K annually on average. Compensation ranges from $51K on the lower end to $97K per year on the higher end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Pediatric Physical Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and nearly one-half receive dental plans.

$49,429 - $79,310
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$49K
$62K
$79K
MEDIAN: $62,214
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$27.83 - $55.59
(Median)
$28
$38
$56
MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,429 - $79,310  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,966  
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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$51,427 - $96,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 438
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$27.83 - $55.59  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,966  
   
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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$51,427 - $96,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 332

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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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $62K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $67K. Pediatric Physical Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $75K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $82K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Pediatric Physical Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$67,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
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: 36% employee benefits None: 30%
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