Pediatric Physical Therapist Salary

Pediatric physical therapists employed in the United States generally report earning salaries in the range from $50,648 to $100,172 a year including bonuses according to the salary information provided by Payscale. The basic annual salary for pediatric physical therapists is typically in the range between $48,112 and $77,041 and the yearly bonus earnings can amount to up to $2,030 based on Payscale’s salary data.

Pediatric PTs with the certification of Licensed Physical Therapist generally make between $49,458 and $76,688 annually, those with a certification in Pediatrics are paid between $43,527 and $81,161 a year, and therapists with the qualification of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member typically report earning an annual pay in the range from $58,983 to $72,927 according to Payscale.

Salary range



Children’s physical therapists’ annual income can vary depending on a number of factors, including work experience.

Pediatric PTs with 1 to 4 years of experience generally make between $48,735 and $73,720 a year and those with 5 to 9 years of work experience under their belt are paid between $46,084 and $69,623 annually.

Pediatric physical therapists with 10 to 19 years of professional experience typically earn an annual wage in the range from $44,000 to $86,389 and those with 20 or more years of experience generally report earning salaries in the range from $57,345 to $86,497 a year according to Payscale’s salary data.

Pediatric PTs working at institutions with less than 50 hospital beds usually earn between $38,658 and $124,162 a year. Therapists specializing in pediatrics report earning a yearly income in the range from $48,743 to $78,121.

The salary range for pediatric physical therapists can vary significantly from industry to industry. Based on the data reported by Payscale, children’s PTS employed at physical therapists’ offices typically earn salaries in the range from $46,540 to $76,955 a year, those working in the health care sector are generally paid between $54,160 and $82,709 annually, and professionals employed by school districts usually make between $38,925 and $72,830 a year.



Pediatric physical therapists employed at pediatricians’ offices are generally paid a yearly income in the range from $44,698 to $76,460 and those working at hospitals typically make between $60,000 and $80,000 a year.

Therapists working in the rehabilitation industry earn between $44,639 and $72,511 annually and those working in the education sector earn an annual pay in the range from $53,923 to $74,091 according to Payscale.

Women generally make between $45,628 and $75,747 a year and men are paid between $70,595 and $78,617 annually.

Salaries can also vary depending on academic degree. Pediatric physical therapists with a Doctorate (PhD) generally earn salaries in the range from $44,556 to $73,467 a year, those with a PhD in Physical Therapy are paid between $57,931 and $76,000 annually, and children’s PTs with the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) report earning an annual pay in the range from $40,406 to $73,447 according to the salary data provided by Payscale.

Pediatric physical therapists with a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) typically make between $51,387 and $74,381 annually and those with a Master of Science (MS) in Physical Therapy are generally paid between $45,316 and $57,000 a year.

Pediatric PTs with a bachelor’s degree generally earn salaries in the range from $54,128 to $85,570 a year and those with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physical Therapy typically earn a yearly income in the range from $53,725 to $85,367 based on Payscale’s data.

Average salary

The average salary for pediatric physical therapists working in the United States is $65,891 a year according to Payscale and $91,000 a year according to the salary figures reported by Indeed.

Starting salary

The average starting salary for pediatric physical therapists in their first year on the job is typically in the range from $41,084 to $68,599 a year according to the salary data reported by Payscale. Pediatric PTs with less than a year of professional experience generally make between $24.51 and $44.70 per hour.

Salary by state

Pediatric physical therapists’ annual pay depends on geographical location among other factors and can vary considerably from state to state. PTs employed in New York generally make between $41,022 and $88,852 a year, those based in California earn salaries in the range from $53,656 to $75,361 annually, and professionals working in Pennsylvania are paid an annual income in the range from $49,964 to $71,479 according to Payscale.


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Pediatric physical therapists employed in Texas typically earn a yearly income in the range from $60,240 to $77,725 and those based in Ohio are generally paid between $51,793 and $72,448 a year.

Professionals working in North Carolina earn an annual pay in the range from $50,000 to $75,000 a year and those based in Virginia typically make between $55,488 and $65,800 a year based on Payscale’s salary statistics.

Salary by city

Pediatric physical therapists’ annual income can also vary significantly from city to city. Professionals based in New York and San Francisco earn $118,000 a year on average, those employed in Washington and Atlanta are paid $108,000 a year on average, and PTs working in Boston earn an average annual salary of $109,000 according to the salary data reported by Indeed.

Pediatric PTs working in Philadelphia are paid $91,000 a year on average, those based on Los Angeles earn around $93,000 annually, and professionals employed in Chicago earn a median yearly pay of $103,000. Therapists based in Miami and Denver make $83,000 a year on average, those working in Dallas earn around $89,000 annually, and professionals employed in Houston are paid $97,000 a year on average.

Pediatric physical therapists working in Detroit make $90,000 a year on average, those based in San Diego earn around $88,000 a year, and professionals employed in Indianapolis earn an average annual pay of $75,000 based on Indeed’s salary data.

Hourly rate

The hourly wage for pediatric physical therapists depends on a wide range of factors, including professional experience. PTs with 1 to 4 years of experience typically make between $26 and $46.66 per hour and those with 5 to 9 years of work experience under their belt generally earn an hourly salary in the range from $27.66 to $54.63. Professionals with 10 to 19 years of experience usually report being offered an hourly rate in the range from $28.89 to $60.40 and those with 20 or more years of experience earn an hourly pay in the range from $30.84 to $67.95 according to Payscale.

The hourly wage for these professionals can vary considerably from state to state. Pediatric physical therapists employed in New York generally make between $24.33 and $69.04 per hour, those based in Texas are paid between $30.87 and $60 per hour, and professionals working in California earn an hourly salary in the range from $30.91 to $60.20.

Children’s physical therapists employed in Pennsylvania are generally paid between $25.72 and $43.74 per hour and those based in Florida earn between $34.39 and $42.12 per hour. Professionals working in Minnesota typically make between $27.89 and $39.31 per hour and those employed in Illinois generally earn an hourly wage in the range from $29.50 to $45 based on Payscale’s salary figures.

Professionals with a certification in Pediatrics are generally paid between $28.16 and $64.11 per hour and those with the qualification of Licensed Physical Therapist earn an hourly salary in the range from $27.91 to $50.99.

In terms of industry, pediatric PTs employed at physical therapists’ offices generally make between $25.36 and $54.30 per hour, those working in the health care sector are usually paid between $28.54 and $44.77 per hour, and professionals employed by school districts earn an hourly pay in the range from $31.58 to $71.42 according to Payscale’s data. Pediatric physical therapists working in the rehabilitation industry typically make between $27.32 and $61.28 per hour, those employed at pediatric therapists’ offices are generally paid between $25.10 and $46.54 per hour, and therapists employed at hospitals typically earn an hourly wage in the range from $29.96 to $34.24 based on Payscale’s salary data.

Benefits

Along with their basic annual pay and yearly bonuses, pediatric physical therapists typically get a variety of benefits and perks, and these can sometimes reflect their annual earnings.

Pediatric PTs who have 401(k) plans generally make between $47,113 and $77,278 a year, those who have paid vacations and holidays are paid between $48,081 and $75,569 annually, and professionals who have paid sick leave typically earn salaries in the range from $45,868 to $76,309 a year according to Payscale.

Children’s physical therapists who have 403(b) plans as part of their benefits package usually earn between $50,747 and $76,384 a year and those who have life and disability insurance are generally paid between $52,346 and $78,011 annually. Professionals who are allowed to dress casually at work typically report earning salaries in the range from $36,766 to $74,369 a year and those who get reimbursement for education, training, tuition, or certification are usually paid between $44,933 and $73,948 a year based on Payscale’s salary statistics.

The most popular benefits and perks among pediatric physical therapists, as reported by Payscale, are 401(k) plans, paid vacations and holidays, paid sick leave, life and disability insurance, reimbursement for professional education, training, tuition, and certification, malpractice and liability insurance, and casual dress and atmosphere at work.

Other income factors

Pediatric physical therapists’ salaries can vary considerably depending on the type of employer. Pediatric PTs working for private practices and firms usually make between $48,127 and $70,764 a year, those employed at hospitals are generally paid between $50,650 and $85,862 annually, and professionals employed by schools and school districts earn an annual income in the range from $39,766 and $75,117 based on the salary data reported by Payscale.

Children’s physical therapists employed by companies typically make between $48,835 and $81,546 a year and those working for non-profit organizations earn salaries in the range from $49,653 to $74,024 a year. PTs employed by the state or local government are paid between $65,000 and $77,879 a year and those who are self-employed report earning a yearly income in the range from $35,819 to $73,250 according to Payscale.

Pediatric physical therapists’ yearly income can also vary depending on the size of the company or organization that employs them. Children’s PTs working for organizations that employ between 1 and 9 people generally make between $35,508 and $76,484 a year and those working for organizations with 10 to 49 employees are usually paid an income in the range from $47,957 to $67,405 a year. Pediatric physical therapists working for organizations that employ 50 to 199 people typically report earning salaries in the range from $49,920 to $75,525 a year and those working for organizations with 200 to 599 employees make between $61,496 and $73,474 a year based on Payscale’s salary data.

Hospital setting is another factor that can affect a pediatric physical therapist’s annual pay. PTs working at physicians’ offices and private practices generally make between $49,894 and $77,865 a year, those working in ambulatory care and surgery centers are usually paid between $59,548 and $73,250 annually, and therapists employed at schools earn an annual income in the range from $46,540 to $74,528 according to Payscale.

Pediatric physical therapists working in community and home health typically earn between $55,000 and $76,000 annually and professionals employed by other organizations generally make between $36,241 and $84,430 a year based on Payscale’s salary figures.