Many people underestimate the role and value of physical therapists. In fact, many of these people see physical therapists as mere masseurs and therefore see their job more as provision of a luxury rather than a necessity. However, once an individual understands the field of medicine and realizes the role a physical therapist plays is in the healing process, only then does he or she begin to appreciate their importance. A physical therapist’s job description is wide but, in a nutshell, he or she is supposed to help a patient through the healing process especially after a traumatic experience like an accident. Most of the measures that physiotherapists use are non-medical methods. This is to say that a physiotherapist (the other name given to physical therapists) is to ensure that the body heals itself to as great an extent as possible without using any medicinal substances such as drugs. The physical therapist salary depends on a number of factors.
Physical Therapist Salary
According to the Bureau of labor statistics, the average physical therapist salary was $76,310 in 2010. Further, the study revealed that the 10 per cent of best paid physiotherapist made over $107, 920, while the least paid 10 per cent made around $53,620. More so, those working in hospitals and physician offices were paid more than those working in clinics or as social workers. This means that physiotherapists are among the best paid professionals in the US. Below are some factors that determine physical therapist income.
The first, and perhaps most important of these is the level of education. Physiotherapy is just as complicated as any other field like law, engineering and accounting. There are thus degrees at various levels for physiotherapists. The higher the level an individual is in the academic ladder, the higher will be the salary of a physical therapist. This is to say that the physical therapist salary for someone who has a master’s degree in physiotherapy will earn more money than one who has an undergraduate (bachelor’s degree).
Other factors on which a physical therapist salary depends on include the number of years that one has been in the profession (i.e. the level of experience), the institution for which one works (state owned institutions generally pay their physiotherapists less than do many privately owned institutions) as well as the period in which one works (whether working on either day or night shift). [Read more...]