Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) Salary

Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants take home an average $22.34 per hour. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and roughly one-half have dental, too. Female Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (64 percent) are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$31,671 - $62,209
(Median)
$32K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,609
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$17.15 - $29.97
(Median)
$17
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,671 - $62,209  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,929  
Profit Sharing
$2,075  
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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$35,122 - $63,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 199
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.15 - $29.97  
   
Overtime
$22.85 - $48.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,929  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,075  
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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$35,122 - $63,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 619
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Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) in Chattanooga:
"Pay scale."
Find what type of therapy you love geriatrics, orthopedic, acute care and stick with it. Gain as much knowledge and certifications as you can.

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) in Huntsville:
"I Wish I Knew."
You are encouraged constantly to learn and grow as a therapist, but you "top out" at your salary after about 10 years. You are not recompensed for your loyalty to your profession.

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) in East Peoria:
"PTA To A PT Program."
As a PTA the degree you get does not transfer to a PT. You have to take majority of the classes over again. So I wish I would have known that, so I could have just done the PT degree.

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Skills That Affect Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 18%

Long Term Care
up arrow 12%

Geriatrics
up arrow 10%

Elder Care
up arrow 10%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Physical Therapy
up arrow 1%

Rehabilitation
0%

National Average
$46,000

Orthopedics
up arrow 3%

Acute Care
up arrow 3%

Pediatrics
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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