pay for a physiotherapist is listed by Payscale as £25,675, but of course that is
just the beginning of the story.
Starter physiotherapy jobs inevitably attract a lower wage as
even though you have studied your craft, you will still be learning the tricks
of your trade for many years to come. There are many different sectors and
disciplines, too, so how much you earn will largely depend upon your own
desires and determination.
For instance, if you took on the job of treating footballers on the pitch,
inevitably you will earn a good deal more. Those jobs are often taken by
qualified doctors these days, but even working on the support team at a Premier
League club will reward you with a much higher salary than providing
much-needed therapy in the local hospital.
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Staying within the NHS will bring its own rewards in terms
of job satisfaction, but it will largely limit your earning potential to less
There may be exceptions, of course; if you become a trainer, there is always
the prospect to increase your earnings, but this is true with any career path.
If you head into management, your salary will increase, but you may find you
get to do less with the actual patients that attracted you to the role in the
Managers in private practice are often rewarded with salaries of more than
£54,000, according to one recent study. This is where the big money is to
be made and private clinics and hospitals are blossoming all around the
country, so there is a wealth of work if you have a solid reputation.
Many physios make the jump from the NHS to the private sector after ‘serving
their dues’ and it allows for more time off, regular hours and a whole host of
other benefits on top of the basic salary. Performance-related pay is also
commonplace in the private sector and can be linked to a number of key
performance indicators, including the number of patients you treat and their
speed of recovery against pre-determined targets for a specific condition.
The more entrepreneurial can, of course, set up on their own. This can be
rewarding work in its own right as a physio can visit a client in their own
home and provide a service that might otherwise be inaccessible.
Whichever path you choose, physiotherapy has the potential to be a lucrative
career and a thoroughly rewarding one.