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. The bottom of the pay range sits near $52K, and the top verges on $99K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and about one-half claim dental coverage as well. Work is enjoyable for Pediatric Physical Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,626 - $79,906
(Median)
$50K
$63K
$80K
MEDIAN: $62,687
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$28.22 - $56.65
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$28
$38
$57
MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,626 - $79,906  
   
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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$51,608 - $98,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 456
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$28.22 - $56.65  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.73  
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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$51,608 - $98,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 345
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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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Pediatrics and Physical Therapy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.


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. 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. Pediatric Physical Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $76K. As Pediatric Physical Therapists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $82K.

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Experience Affects Pediatric Physical Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

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 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
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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