Pediatric Physical Therapist Salary
Women comprise the majority of Pediatric Physical Therapists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $63K per year on average. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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.Read More...
They must be friendly and like children. They must be fun and energetic. They must have excellent interpersonal and communications skills. They must answer relevant questions from the children themselves or from their parents or guardians. They are required to have their own transportation to visit clients at their homes or other locations. They must keep themselves up to date with various new programs and techniques relevant to physical therapy services. They must attend various training classes or workshops. To be good pediatric physical therapists, they must read various journals relevant to their fields.
Most employers require that their pediatric physical therapists have a master’s and/or doctorate degree in physical therapy. They must be licensed. They must have computer skills and be able to use relevant computer programs. Employers require that pediatric physical therapists have past work experience or that they have completed a required internship. They may have to supervise and/or give instructions to pediatric physical therapist assistants.
Pediatric Physical Therapist Tasks
- 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.
- 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.
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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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $64K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $75K. Pediatric Physical Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $77K. 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.