Pay and Benefits
Therapists are hired as hourly employees primarily paid by
patient contact time, but also with other paid time. Taxes are taken
out and the company pays part of your taxes (versus an independent
contractor). The rate is better per hour than salaried, but
could vary (there are always options, like doing an extra
periodic evaluation, to keep your hours where you want them
to be). By keeping things per hour, each therapist can decide
(rather than it imposed on them) how much to work/earn and how hard they want to work. There is an initial 3
month probationary period, in which some benefits (accrued
paid time off, continuing education, and increased amount
of time for report writing) have not begun. At the end of
the probation period, the rate of pay is also reviewed.
Paid time includes weekly paid supervision/mentoring time
(one hour a week), report writing, twice a month staff meetings (one hour
each), transportation time for home or school consultation,
and, of course, treatment! Initially, it is more realistic
to plan for 6 treatments a day rather than 7. Once the new hire
is used to the routine and feels a specific day is an "easy"
day and wants another treatment, that's fine. It is much easier to add an additional treatment
than to tell a family that we were wrong about being able
to have a slot for them.
There are formulas for many things, for example, report writing
time. VERY thorough formal evaluations and reports are required.
For new evaluations, the amount of time is based on the length
of the evaluation. Initially, payment is 1-1/2 Xs the length
of the evaluation for report write-up (e.g. a 2-hour evaluation
would get 3 hours of write-up time; a 3-hour evaluation would
get 4-1/2 hours for write-up). After clearance,
the therapist receives 2 Xs the length of the evaluation.
Therapists need to write specific goals for each child. Progress reports that are 6 months
or longer receive one hour pay; less than 6 months, 1/2 hour.
Following the first 3 months of employment, paid time off
(not specified as to whether it is sick leave, vacation, holiday,
etc.) is accrued. For a full-time equivalent, the rate begins
at about 12 days a year (but based on paid hours of work and
only 9 days the first year since you do not begin to accrue
time until after 3 months of employment). Additional details
can be found in a separate document.
Some things are considered a joint responsibility of the
therapist and employer, specifically, insurance and continuing education.
Currently, health and vision insurance are available for employees
scheduled for 15 or more treatments per week through a small group
policy with Anthem/Blue Cross of CA (subject to change
in the future). The employee may choose from a variety of
plans and 50% of the premium comes out of the individual’s
paycheck (pre-tax dollars) and the company pays 50%. The policy
can begin 30 days after employment. After the initial 3-month
period of employment, the employee can obtain continuing education
reimbursement for 1/2 of the course registration fee, up to
$350/year (1/2 of $700 in courses).
After 3 years of employment at Development is CHILD’S
PLAY!, a therapist qualifies for a SEP retirement contribution
(10 to 25% of your gross for the year). Another option (after
3 years) is to then lease space and begin your own private
therapy practice. Additional details can be provided upon request.
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