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 annually for pay. Earnings generally vary between $52K and $98K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by nearly one-half. The majority of Pediatric Physical Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$49,658 - $79,769
(Median)
$50K
$63K
$80K
MEDIAN: $62,608
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$28.18 - $56.44
(Median)
$28
$38
$56
MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,658 - $79,769  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,543  
Total Pay (?
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$51,583 - $97,736  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 455
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$28.18 - $56.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,543  
   
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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$51,583 - $97,736  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 341
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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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Pediatric Physical Therapists note just a narrow range of job skills. Pediatrics and Physical Therapy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Physical Therapy. Those with knowledge of Pediatrics tend to be skilled in 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.


For Pediatric Physical Therapists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $63K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $68K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $75K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Pediatric Physical Therapists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $82K.

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Experience Affects Pediatric Physical Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Pediatric Physical Therapist Salaries

Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$68,000

Physical Therapy
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 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
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 30%
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