Salary and Benefits

December 3, 2007

What This Job Pays: physical therapist

Pay: The median pay for a physical therapist in the Seattle area is $30.57 per hour, with most making from about $28.17 to $33.18 per hour, according to PayScale, a Seattle company that tracks compensation and benefits.

Demand: Employment of physical therapists is expected to grow much faster than the average occupations through 2014. The impact of proposed federal legislation imposing limits on reimbursement for therapy services may adversely affect the short-term job outlook for physical therapists. However, the demand for physical therapists should continue to rise as growth in the number of individuals with disabilities or limited function spurs demand for therapy services.

Need to know: All states require physical therapists to pass a licensure exam before they can practice, after graduating from an accredited physical-therapist educational program. Many programs require experience as a volunteer in a physical-therapy department of a hospital or clinic. A number of states require continuing education as a condition of maintaining licensure.

PayScale, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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