Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) Salary

Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants take home approximately $21.62 per hour on average. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants. There are more female Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 64 percent. Some workers in this field — approximately one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,570 - $58,574
(Median)
$31K
$42K
$59K
MEDIAN: $42,389
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$16.25 - $29.07
(Median)
$16
$22
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,570 - $58,574  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,995  
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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$33,143 - $60,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.25 - $29.07  
   
Overtime
$21.58 - $47.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,995  
   
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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$33,143 - $60,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 795

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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 16%

Long Term Care
up arrow 14%

Elder Care
up arrow 14%

Geriatrics
up arrow 13%

Physical Therapy
up arrow 3%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Rehabilitation
up arrow 1%

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 93 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 27%