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.

Author: Jeff

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Manager at Medical Solutions. I am not a physical therapist (I have been a physical therapy patient plenty though) and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for four years and think it is a great travel physical therapy company that has a lot to offer physical therapists and PTAs interested in a travel career. I do post travel physical therapy jobs from Medical Solutions on this site, and write about travel physical therapy, but you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Career Consultant). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of a travel therapy career with you.

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