Pediatric Physical Therapist Salary

Pediatric Physical Therapists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $63K per year for pay. Compensation ranges between $52K and $102K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Pediatric Physical Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and approximately one-half have dental, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$49,502 - $79,798
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MEDIAN: $63,003
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$28.27 - $59.44
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MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,502 - $79,798  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$51,590 - $101,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 493
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.27 - $59.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $63.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$51,590 - $101,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 352
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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

  • 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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Pediatric Physical Therapists only report a few specific skills. Pediatrics and Physical Therapy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Physical Therapy. It is not unusual for someone who knows Pediatrics to be familiar with Physical Therapy as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Pediatric Physical Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Pediatric Physical Therapists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $64K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $69K. Pediatric Physical Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $76K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $81K on average.

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Experience Affects Pediatric Physical Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Pediatric Physical Therapist Salaries

National Average
$68,000

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Physical Therapy
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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