Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants take home approximately $22.76 per hour on average. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants is high. More than half of Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants (65 percent) survey participants are women. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,085 - $69,074
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$69K
MEDIAN: $47,012
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$17.84 - $30.13
(Median)
$18
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,085 - $69,074  
   
Bonus
$272.00 - $3,500  
Total Pay (?
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$36,439 - $65,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.84 - $30.13  
   
Overtime
$25.59 - $44.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$272.00 - $3,500  
   
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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$36,439 - $65,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 294
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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 15%

Long Term Care
up arrow 9%

Elder Care
up arrow 7%

Geriatrics
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Patient Education
up arrow 3%

Acute Care
up arrow 2%

National Average
$48,000

Rehabilitation
up arrow 1%

Physical Therapy
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Orthopedics
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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