Many traveling PTs talk about the role that having a great relationship with their recruiter has played in their careers. Here at Rehab and Therapy Jobs.com we were wondering what is the most important aspect of building the best relationship with your recruiter?
Is it trust? Honesty? Staying in Touch? Personal Connection? Open Communication? Or something else?
Have you ever wanted to tell the world about your travel physical therapy recruiter, but didn’t know how? Well here is your opportunity.
You can vote for them in Healthcare Traveler’s 2010 Recruiter of the Year Contest. This yearly contest gives travelers the chance to nominate and vote for their recruiter. It is a great chance to let your recruiter know how much you appreciate them.
For the third part of our look at the salaries of travel therapists we will be taking a look at the pay of traveling OTs compared to a permanent one. The answer is…
$59,000 a year for a Traveling OT vs $50,000 a year for a permanent full-time Occupational Therapist.
This information is based on averages gathered by Simply Hired. Another great use for this tool is to compare what you could bring home as a traveling occupational therapist in other locations than your town. For example let’s take a look at an OT in Detroit, MI who is making $58,000. He could potentially make $71,000 a year in Boston, MA working short-term contracts. For simplicity’s sake we are using annual salary, hourly or even on 3 month increments may be a better measure.
Now let’s say he wanted to stay close to home to see his daughter more often but still make more money. Like we just said, the average Occupational Therapist pay in Detroit, MI is $58,000 a year, however just a short hour’s drive to Ann Arbor he could increase his salary to the average traveling occupational therapist salary in Ann Arbor, IL of $68,000, his pay from $29.00 to $34.00 an hour.
Plus throw in Per Diem allowances and free housing or housing stipends and it is obvious how working a short-term contract or travel assignment can have a big impact on your income and your family.
In this second part of our series on travel therapists salary we are going to look at PTA pay. Specifically we are going to look closer look at the average pay difference for a perm Physical Therapist Assistant versus a Physical Therapist Assistant and the answer is…
$54,000 a year for a Traveling Physical Therapist Assistant vs $47,000 a year for a Physical Therapist Assistant.
This information is based on averages compiled by Simply Hired. This tool is also great for comparing what you would make as a travel physical therapist assistant in different cities than where you live. To keep it simple we will use annual salary, but really looking at this hourly this would be better.
To see this in action let’s look at a Physical Therapist Assistant in Kenosha, WI who is making $52,000. She could potentially make $56,000 a year in Austin, TX on a short-term contract.
If she wanted to stay close to home though and hang out at home during the weekends. The average Physical Therapist Assistant’s pay in Kenosha, WI is $52,000 a year, while the average traveling physical therapist salary in Chicago, IL is $60,000, so with a short 1 1/2 hour drive she could increase her pay from $26.00 to $30.00 an hour.
With Per Diem and free housing it is easy to see how working a short-term contract can have a big of a difference on your paycheck.
In the intro to our Travel Therapy Salary series we talked about how one of the biggest benefits of a travel therapy position versus a perm position somewhere being the increased pay overall. Today we are taking a closer look at the difference in average pay for a perm Physical Therapist versus a Travel PT and the answer is…
$57,000 a year for a Traveling Physical Therapist vs $52,000 a year for a Physical Therapist
This data comes from averages compiled by Simply Hired, which also has a great tool for you to compare what you would make as a travel physical therapist in different cities than your current residence. For simplicity sake we will use annual salary, but really this would be better looked at hourly.
For one example let’s look at a Physical Therapist in Des Moines, IA who is making $51,000. He could potentially make $56,000 a year in Miami, FL as a traveler.
Or, say he wanted to stay close enough to home to come back on the weekends. The average Physical Therapist’s pay in Des Moines is $51,000 a year, while the average traveling physical therapist salary in Omaha, NE is $54,000, so with just a quick 2 1/2 hour drive he could raise his pay from $25.50 to $28.50 an hour. And throw the Per Diem allowances and free housing a lot of travel therapy companies provide and you can see how big a difference being a travel therapist can have on your pocket book.