Lead Physical Therapist (PT) Salary
A Lead Physical Therapist (PT) earns an average salary of $80,585 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
|Salary||$65,902 - $100,845|
|Bonus||$459.58 - $9,933|
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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).)
|$68,287 - $105,405|
|Hourly Rate||$33.86 - $51.62|
|Overtime||$40.64 - $67.46|
|Bonus||$459.58 - $9,933|
|Total Pay (||$68,287 - $105,405|
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.Read More...
A strong education in the principles and practices of physical therapy and speech-language pathology are required for this position. Lead physical therapists must also be competent in running necessary medical equipment, as well as have leadership and communication skills to effectively supervise treatment of patients. A high level of efficiency is demanded of the lead physical therapist so they can effectively allocate limited resources, maintain a positive work environment, and minimize any conflicts or issues that arise during patient care.
Educational requirements for the job typically include a bachelor's degree in physical therapy, as well as the necessary licensing requirements for practicing physical therapy in the state of the employer. Previous work experience of no less than two years as a staff therapist is usually required, though three or more years' experience is generally preferred. While not required, it is usually preferred that the lead physical therapist has some managerial or supervisory experience.
Lead Physical Therapist (PT) Tasks
- 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.
- Administer manual exercises, massage or traction to help relieve pain, increase patient strength or decrease or prevent deformity.
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Pay by Experience Level for Lead Physical Therapist (PT)
Pay by Experience for a Lead Physical Therapist (PT) has a positive trend. An entry-level Lead Physical Therapist (PT) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 101 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Lead Physical Therapist (PT) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 107 salaries. An experienced Lead Physical Therapist (PT) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 118 salaries. A Lead Physical Therapist (PT) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 67 salaries.
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