Rehabilitation Technician Salary
Rehabilitation Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $11.72 per hour on average. While career length and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Work is enjoyable for Rehabilitation Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Rehabilitation Technicians who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 69 percent. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Rehabilitation Technician
A rehabilitation technicians' main duty is to assist therapists in providing patient care, including providing direct care to individuals and groups. These technicians must follow all directions given by the therapist to help ensure that patients receive correct treatments, and they need to integrate the therapist's directions with the patients' goals during treatment sessions. Additionally, they help assist their department in clerical and administrative tasks to ensure the department runs smoothly. Rehabilitation technicians also help encourage patients and their families, as well as help answer questions and resolve issues as needed.Read More...
Hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and other medical facilities are common employers of rehabilitation technicians. The technicians' hours may vary widely, and they may work either full time or part time depending on the needs of their employer. Physical requirements of this position may include heavy lifting, including moving equipment and helping patients move around.
The minimum educational requirement for rehabilitation technicians typically includes a high school diploma or equivalent. Additionally, at least one to three months of experience or training in a related field is generally required. Rehabilitation specialists need strong multitasking and communication skills, and they need to work well with colleagues in patient care.
Rehabilitation Technician Tasks
- Maintain client files and records.
- Setup, clean, and maintain equipment and treatment areas under the supervision of therapists.
- Assist Occupational and Physical Therapists with treatments.
- Schedule, prepare and transport patients to rehabilitative treatments.
Common Career Paths for Rehabilitation Technician
Rehabilitation Technicians who go on to become Physical Therapists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Physical Therapists is $67K annually. It is quite typical for Rehabilitation Technicians to transition into roles as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants or Physical Therapist Assistants, where reported median earnings are $26K and $23K higher per year.
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Pay by Experience Level for Rehabilitation Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Rehabilitation Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $24K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $27K. Rehabilitation Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $31K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.