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Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) Salary

Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants can expect wages of $21.81 per hour on average. Most Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women account for the majority of Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. One-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and slightly more than half claim dental coverage as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$30,718 - $59,205
(Median)
$31K
$43K
$59K
MEDIAN: $43,282
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$16.29 - $29.19
(Median)
$16
$22
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,718 - $59,205  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,986  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,035  
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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$33,398 - $61,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 244
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.29 - $29.19  
   
Overtime
$22.25 - $47.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,986  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,035  
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).
)
$33,398 - $61,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 786

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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 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 Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 17%

Long Term Care
up arrow 13%

Elder Care
up arrow 12%

Geriatrics
up arrow 11%

Physical Therapy
up arrow 3%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Rehabilitation
0%

National Average
$45,000

Orthopedics
up arrow 2%

Acute Care
up arrow 5%

Pediatrics
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 27%
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