Travel Physical Therapists salary – what’s the number?

Travel Physical Therapist bragging about his salaryIn 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.

On an assignment is no time to get ill.

No, we’re not talking about the Beastie Boys, we are talking about your health and well being. As a traveling therapist you are well aware of that certain something that it takes to be a successful traveler. You must have the right personality to be able to jump right in and be confident in your skills, no matter where you are. You must be able to adapt quickly, for many surprises can arise… And one that most therapists are never ready for are illnesses and being away from home can make the situation seem much worse. You’re not able to enjoy the comforts of your home like you’re use to and to make matters worse, you may not have anyone available to you to look in on you or bring you anything you may need from the pharmacy or store, for like say some Hawaiian Punch (it’s not a sick day without it)!

No, we’re not talking about the Beastie Boys, we are talking about your health and well being. As a traveling therapist you are well aware of that certain something that it takes to be a successful traveler. You must have the right personality to be able to jump right in and be confident in your skills, no matter where you are. You must be able to adapt quickly, for many surprises can arise… And one that most therapists are never ready for are illnesses and being away from home can make the situation seem much worse. You’re not able to enjoy the comforts of your home like you’re use to and to make matters worse, you may not have anyone available to you to look in on you or bring you anything you may need from the pharmacy or store, for like say some Hawaiian Punch (it’s not a sick day without it)! So what are some things you can do to prevent yourself from getting sick while on the job? Here are a few suggestions:

  • There are many things you need to do prior to leaving and a lot of time people forget to prepare themselves and their bodies as well. Packing, paperwork and all the various things you need to do before you leave can be taxing on the mind and body, so be sure and get plenty of rest leading up to your departure, this will help you stay energized, and ready and able to adjust to your new schedule .
  • Try and stick to your normal routine. If you exercise for instance, keep the same schedule so that you’re not shocking your body. This too can lead to unneeded stress.
  • Here’s an easy one. Wash your hands! Use hand sanitizers too!
  • If you’re on any medications, bring them along with you and make sure you are connected to a pharmacy with a nationwide network in case you need them filled at any time during your traveling assignment.
  • Make sure you have your recruiters contact information handy at all times. In the unfortunate event of an emergency they can be contacted and relay your health insurance information and any other pertinent information needed so that you will receive the proper care. Also, always have your other emergency contacts with you – just in case.

If you so happen to be employed at a hospital, it should be fairly easy to get the care you need.  If not and you’re not sure where to turn there are a number of resources you can use to find the medical attention that you need. If you’re so sick and can’t get there by yourself you can use an in-home doctor service like InnHouseDoctor, Physician Finders at WebMD and  Find A Doc. My wish is that you never have to use these services or seek any medical attention while out enjoying the experiences of being a traveling therapist… but you just never know, so being prepared can never hurt. Good luck out there and safe travels to you all.

If you have any other suggestions for those on the road seeking medical advice or care, please share them in our comment section below.

There’s No Need To Go It Alone, Take the Clan With You

The possibilities are endless with a traveling therapy career and having your family along with you can easily be a part of it. With limitless locations to choose from, experiences a plenty and the rewards that are constant, it would be a shame not to share that with the ones you are closest with, your immediate family. Relocating with the entire family, including any pets you have may seem like a chore, but working with the right staffing agency can prove you wrong. When it comes to traveling with your loved ones an attentive traveling allied health agency will ask you what is most important to you and your family, like the best schools in the area, what locales are best for raising a family and so on.By relaying to your recruiter what priorities you have for your family and moving will insure a pleasurable experience to be had by all.

The possibilities are endless with a traveling therapy career and having your family along with you can easily be a part of it. With limitless locations to choose from, experiences a plenty and the rewards that are constant, it would be a shame not to share that with the ones you are closest with, your immediate family. Relocating with the entire family, including any pets you have may seem like a chore, but working with the right staffing agency can prove you wrong.  When it comes to traveling with your loved ones an attentive traveling allied health agency will ask you what is most important to you and your family, like the best schools in the area, what locales are best for raising a family and so on. By relaying to your recruiter what priorities you have for your family and moving will insure a pleasurable experience to be had by all.

Wherever it is you choose to go with your travel therapy career, a great staffing agency will suggest a number of locations that will fill the needs of you and your family. Whether you want to venture across the country or just a few hours from your present home, your recruiter should be able to find exactly what you wish for.  One of the many benefits associated with a traveling therapy career is the paid private housing. You can either let your agency find your next home with enough room for everyone at a discount since most agencies will only pay for your own living quarters,  or use the housing stipend which you could apply to locating your own housing to accommodate your entire family.

While most travel therapy assignments usually will last at least 13 weeks with the probability of an extension or two; bringing the whole family along is more possible than you originally thought. On an extended assignment, your kids could continue their schooling by placing them in local schools or if your assignment is shorter, there is always the option of home schooling. If you and your spouse are both traveling therapists, you could adjust your schedules  so there’s a parent always present and you could trade times in providing the teaching or at least be the mode of transportation. With a traveling therapy job there’s always an option. Having a family with kids and pets should never be a deterrent from pursing a rewarding career in travel therapy.

Can you just imagine the benefits of exposing your children to the many different people and places across the nation?  It’s as if your job has become a working vacation for all those involved! I remember all the road trips my dad I took together and can say it was most memorable and am glad we got to be up close and personal with our experiences rather than just hopping on a plane and getting to the next destination. There’s a little lost in those types of adventures. Wouldn’t you like your children to look back and think that they’ve grown into the person they are because of all the people and places they got to meet and see for themselves? I think so.

Featured Travel Occupational Therapist Job in Louisiana

  • Travel Occupational Therapist in LouisianaGreat opportunity for Occupational Therapist in a hospital setting.
  • Facility has a coastal Louisiana location.
  • Enjoy great food and atmosphere with your nights off on this 13 week contract.
  • Must be able to take some weekend call, 1 of every 4 weeks.
  • If you would like any more information please call Medical Solutions at 866-633-3548 and ask for a recruiter.

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Bring Your Best Four Legged Friend With You On Your Next Assignment

Did you know that there are over 46 million households with at least one pooch at home? That’s around 72 million dogs in total and according to a recently released pet census from the American Veterinary Medical Association, cats still greatly outnumber dogs as pets, with 82 million felines, up from 71 million in 2001. Our total pet population has reached a record high of just over 282 million pets. Nearly 60% of all home have one pet with 21% having five or more. So what do these stats tell you? America loves their pets and who wouldn’t? Did you see the face of the pooch in the picture for this post?

Did you know that there are over 46 million households with at least one pooch at home? That’s around 72 million dogs in total and according to a recently released pet census from the American Veterinary Medical Association, cats still greatly outnumber dogs as pets, with 82 million felines, up from 71 million in 2001.  Our total pet population has reached a record high of just over 282 million pets. Nearly 60% of all home have one pet with 21% having five or more. So what do these stats tell you? America loves their pets and who wouldn’t? Did you see the face of the pooch in the picture for this post?

So you’re thinking of taking your professional skills on the road and accepting a traveling therapy job but you’re afraid you can’t take furry four legged friend with you. There’s no way you’d leave them behind and why would you? There’s no reason to leave your pets behind if you want to take a travel therapy job. If you are working with the right agency, you’ll find that there are many options open to you as a therapist and pet owner, and some staffing companies even offer pet insurance.

There are a few things you might want to consider while traveling with your pets before accepting that next short-term contract job. First off you want to make sure you have addressed the fact that you want your pet to come along with you on assignment. When looking at your options, consider the best cities for pets, especially dogs. Have you heard of DogFriendly.com? Check out the site and come back to it often; it provides highway guides, rest stop and park reviews, outdoor dining info and more—all with dog accompanied travelers in mind. Some things you might want to think about before choosing your next location is:

  • The city should be welcoming of dogs on public transportation
  • The city should not unreasonably regulate dogs if they are leashed
  • The city should have a wide variety of vets to choose from
  • The city should feature parks, open to the public and ideal for dogs to roam

Once you’ve figured out where you want to go, your recruiter will then look into finding you housing (unless you choose to take the per diem) that is accommodating to pets, whether they’re cats, dogs, fish or a snake (ooooo!). Finding your next travel therapy job shouldn’t be so ruff! It’s a fairly simple process and again, most staffing agencies are more than willing to work with you in finding you the ideal job location for you and your pets.

Guest Author: Shannon Wills – Opportunities for Travel Physical Therapists

It’s a great career if you love to travel, see new places and meet new people, but you must be prepared to go where the job takes you when you’re a travel physical therapists. Your job description is the same in that you’re still involved in providing therapy for people who are recovering from an illness or injury, but there’s a small difference. You don’t put down roots in one place; instead, you travel to wherever opportunities beckon from. The US Department of Labor says that the demand for physical therapy jobs is bound to grow by 27 percent until the year 2016, so if you are inclined to pursue this line of work, it’s the best time to do so.

When you choose to become a travel therapist, you probably will be worried about regular work; it’s more like freelancing where you move from one assignment to the other. If you sign up with an agency that connects therapists and patients, you don’t have to think too much about what your next assignment will be. The agency takes care of your housing needs and your travel expenses, and also lines up your next job when this one is drawing to a close.

Choose your agency with care based on its reputation and references from other therapists who have signed up with them. If the company has a dubious reputation, you’re likely to be cheated out of your money or find yourself stuck in a strange place with no job or money. Talk to other therapists who find work through the agency and make your decision accordingly.travel physical therapist and friend enjoying the mountain air

Travel therapy jobs are great because they can pay 10 to 15 percent more than regular therapy jobs, so if you love to travel and see different places, you’re actually getting paid more for free holidays. Besides, you also get a referral bonus when people you refer sign on with the agency too. However, you must ensure that you read and understand the agency’s terms and conditions correctly before you sign on and before you recommend it to others.

One of the downsides of travel therapy is that you don’t find time to put down roots or form solid relationships with people you want to know better. But on the other side of the coin, your network of associates and friends is wide and your resume looks great because of all the experience you gain when you work in different kinds of settings and with different people.

As a travel physical therapist, you will find work in hospitals and other healthcare settings like nursing homes and private clinics, or be asked to work on a personal level with patients who need homecare. Either way, your assignment will match your skills and qualifications, so if you keep updating your abilities, your subsequent assignments will appreciate your efforts in monetary terms.

It’s an exciting job, but be prepared to spend much of your time traveling from place to place and living out of a suitcase because a typical assignment could take from 13 to 26 weeks. Most travel physical therapists are provided with medical benefits, 401(k)s, and other incentives.

By-line: This article is written by Shannon Wills, who writes on the topic of Physical Therapist Assistant Schools. She welcomes your comments at her email id : shannonwills23@gmail.com .