What do Travel Therapy Professionals get Paid?
Along with the potential to spend time in the most beautiful places in the U.S. every 13 weeks, travel therapy jobs often offer more pay than permanent therapy jobs. Perks include comprehensive benefits packages provided by travel therapy staffing companies, as well as discounts and incentive programs. Continue reading to see what travel therapy professionals can get when they hit the road.
Rehabilitation facilities, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and school systems bring in travel therapy professionals on short-term contracts, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t valued just as much as their permanent colleagues. In fact, most physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy professionals take home more pay than if they were to work at the same facility in a permanent capacity.
PTs, OTs, SLPs, and therapy assistants who work in travel therapy can take advantage of lots of reimbursement options. Before starting a travel therapy contract, see if your staffing company will reimburse for travel-specific costs like state licensing fees, gas or mileage, or medical services that are required by your new employer. Also, by preparing for tax deductions throughout the year and tracking all your travel expenditures, you will be able to write off lots of necessary expenses like meals, internet access, and more.
The benefits you receive with travel physical therapy, travel occupational therapy, and travel speech therapy positions are just as substantial as those you would receive if you took a permanent therapy job. While all travel therapy companies vary in their offerings, it’s a common misconception that a traveler will receive subpar benefits. Seek out an organization that offers a significant benefits package to help you create your ideal travel lifestyle.
Some benefits you may be eligible for through travel therapy companies include health insurance, 401k matching, and healthcare reimbursement accounts. To ensure that you are well taken care of, confirm that your benefits package begins on day one of your travel therapy contracts before signing.
Going beyond health insurance, and even pet insurance, the supplemental benefits of using a travel therapy staffing agency include more all-encompassing perks for therapists. CoreMedical Group, for example, has a loyalty program for travelers called Club CoreMed. For working contracts and referring new candidates, travel therapists can earn a free, all-inclusive trip to the Caribbean! Other perks include free continuing education credits (CEUs), discounts at popular events and attractions (like Broadway shows or local museums), and more!
Travel therapy professionals have endless opportunities throughout the U.S. With the freedom to venture from destination to destination with increased pay, excellent benefits, and other perks offered by travel therapy companies, it makes sense that travel therapy is rapidly growing in popularity.
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