Pediatric Physical Therapist Salary

Most Pediatric Physical Therapists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $63K per year. Pay generally varies between $52K and $99K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one-half. Most Pediatric Physical Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,533 - $79,870

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$28.18 - $56.59

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,533 - $79,870  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
Total Pay (?
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$51,522 - $98,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 460
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$28.18 - $56.59  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
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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$51,522 - $98,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 347
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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Physical Therapy. Competency in Pediatrics frequently indicates knowledge of Physical Therapy.

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. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $63K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $68K. Pediatric Physical Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $75K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $82K.

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Experience Affects Pediatric Physical Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Pediatric Physical Therapist Salaries

Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$68,000

Physical Therapy
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
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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