Rehabilitation Aide Salary
An average Rehabilitation Aide in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.78 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Rehabilitation Aides survey respondents are women (78 percent). Although the larger part have medical coverage and just over two-fifths have dental coverage, roughly two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Rehabilitation Aides claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Job Description for Rehabilitation Aide
A rehabilitation aide must work to assist a physical therapist and provide the best experience possible for patients receiving therapy. He/she prepares, cleans and maintains the work area as well as disinfect equipment after each use in preparation for the next patient. A rehabilitation aide must also be able to perform a number of other tasks including transporting patients to and from treatment areas, performing clerical duties, taking inventory, ordering and stocking supplies, answering the telephone and taking messages to ensure everything is in order and prepared for the physical therapist. He/she must be professional and capable of interacting with patients in order to insure the most efficient therapy experience.Read More...
A rehabilitation aide must be capable of working closely with a physical therapist, occupation therapist, rehab team member, and other rehabilitation aides. Rehabilitation aides mainly work indoors in a clinic or rehabilitation center. They must be able to lift heavy equipment, be active and on their feet for long periods of time, as well as be able to bear the weight of patients if necessary. While extensive education and certification is not required, having at least a high school diploma is strongly recommended. The hours and schedule of rehabilitation aides vary depending on the scheduling of clients. They may work long shifts all day, or shifts of a couple of hours at a time. The hours may vary from morning to night.
Rehabilitation Aide Tasks
- Perform clerical duties; take inventory, order and stock supplies, answer telephone, take messages and complete forms.
- Under close supervision of a physical therapist, occupation therapist or rehab team member prepare the patient and administer treatment therapy.
- Transport patients to and from treatment areas, using wheelchairs or providing standing support.
- Prepare, clean and maintain work area and disinfect equipment after treatment.
Common Career Paths for Rehabilitation Aide
Rehabilitation Aides might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Physical Therapist, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $67K per year. Physical Therapist Assistants or Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants are common next-step roles for Rehabilitation Aides moving up in their careers; annual pay for Physical Therapist Assistants is $23K higher on average, and it's $26K higher for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants.
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Pay by Experience Level for Rehabilitation Aide
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $23K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $27K. Rehabilitation Aides with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $29K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.
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