Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants sits in the ballpark of $23.05 per hour. Most Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (68 percent) are women. Although a majority have medical coverage and approximately one-half have dental coverage, more than a third claim no health benefits at all. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$34,366 - $70,644
$34K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,906
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$18.29 - $30.45
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MEDIAN: $23.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,366 - $70,644  
   
Bonus
$245.64 - $2,027  
Total Pay (?
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$37,613 - $67,632  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.29 - $30.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$28.06 - $45.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$245.64 - $2,027  
   
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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$37,613 - $67,632  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 236

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Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) Advice

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA)

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
14%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
▲14%

Geriatrics
▲7%

Elder Care
▲7%

Long Term Care
▲6%

Patient Education
▲3%

Acute Care
▲2%

National Average
$48,000

Rehabilitation
▼1%

Physical Therapy
▼2%

Orthopedics
▼2%

Pediatrics
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 36%