The Salary of a Clinical Director for Physical Therapy

by Rick Suttle

Physical therapy clinics depend on clinical directors to run the clinics efficiently and ensure patients receive the services they need. Physical therapy clinical directors also hire clerical workers and physical therapists, oversee budgeting and advertising and assess visitors needs or physical therapy when they arrive. If you want to become a physical therapy clinical director, you can expect to earn an average salary between $60,000 and $70,000 annually.

Salaries Above $60,000

The average salary of a physical therapy clinical director was $64,000 as of 2013, according to the job site Simply Hired. To become a physical therapy clinical director, you need the minimum of a master's degree in physical therapy, which usually takes two or three years to complete. You must also have a physical therapy license through your state by passing the National Physical Therapy Examination, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some employers may prefer hiring physical therapy clinical directors with one or more years of experience running a clinic or medical facility. Other essential requirements for the job include an attention to detail and analytical, organization, communication, technical, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

Top Pay in D.C.

Average salaries for physical therapy clinical directors varied the most within the South region, according to Simply Hired, where they earned the lowest salaries of $50,000 in Mississippi and the highest of $101,000 in Washington, D.C. Those in the Northeast earned $58,000 to $78,000 per year in Maine and Massachusetts, respectively. If you worked as a physical therapy clinical director in Montana or California, you'd earn an average of $51,000 to $68,000, respectively -- the lowest and highest salaries in the West. In the Midwest, you make $50,000 to $68,000 in South Dakota and Minnesota, respectively.

Comparison With Medical and Health Services Managers

While Indeed reported salaries of $64,000 for physical therapy clinical directors, medical and health services managers earned average salaries of $82,240 at nursing care facilities, according to 2012 data from the BLS. All medical and health services managers, including managers of clinics, earned an average of $98,460 annually. Nursing home and clinical managers may earn more than physical therapy directors because they work for much larger employers, which can better support the higher salaries. Physical therapist clinical directors tend to work for smaller clinics, with one or more physical therapists on staff. By comparison, the average salary of physical therapists was $81,110, according to 2012 BLS data.

Excellent Job Growth

The BLS doesn't forecast jobs for physical therapy clinical directors. It projects a 39 percent increase in employment for physical therapists through 2020, which is nearly three times the national rate of 14 percent for all jobs. Population increases among aging baby boomers, who are staying more active, will increase the demand for physical therapists, the BLS reported. Busy physical therapists might need administrative help in running their offices or clinics, which may increase jobs for physical therapy clinical directors.

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