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Lead Physical Therapist (PT) Salary (United States)

A Lead Physical Therapist (PT) earns an average salary of $76,995 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Lead Physical Therapist (PT) Salary (?
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$61,580 - $96,101
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $76,995
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Lead Physical Therapist (PT) Salary (?
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$31.75 - $48.36
(Median)
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48
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$61,580 - $96,101  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,040  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $11,745  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$64,133 - $99,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 380
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$31.75 - $48.36  
   
Overtime
$31.42 - $70.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,040  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $11,745  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$64,133 - $99,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 288
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Job Description for Lead Physical Therapist (PT)

A lead physical therapist position involves overseeing the delivery of care to patients and families in the therapist's hospital or medical center. The lead physical therapist monitors the quality of care patients receive, instructs the caregivers and family members, and helps develop a strategy and routine for the patients that includes final discharge from the care center. The lead physical therapist works closely with the medical staff, including advising (and sometimes supervising) different doctors, staff members, employees, volunteers, and other relevant caregivers the patients interact with in their care. Work hours vary depending on the needs of the medical care center; while nights and weekends are typically "off hours," it is expected that the lead therapist is available to staff during these times.
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Lead Physical Therapist (PT) Tasks
  • Discharge patient from physical therapy when projected outcomes have been attained and provide for follow-up care or referrals.
  • Administer manual exercises, massage or traction to help relieve pain, increase patient strength or decrease or prevent deformity.
  • Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
  • As a clinician, lead staff and give technical direction with evaluations and treatment of patients.

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Pay by Experience Level for Lead Physical Therapist (PT)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Phoenix
up arrow 9%
Chicago
up arrow 7%
Houston
up arrow 4%
Charlotte
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New York
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National Average
$81,000
Indianapolis
up arrow 1%
Dallas
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Atlanta
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Experience Affects Lead Physical Therapist (PT) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%
Experienced
up arrow 4%
National Average
$81,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Skills That Affect Lead Physical Therapist (PT) Salaries

Orthopedics
up arrow 3%
Rehabilitation
up arrow 1%
National Average
$81,000
Neurology Clinic
up arrow 2%
Acute Care
up arrow 3%
Pediatrics
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 20%