Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants come in at around $21.98 per hour on average. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants. Female Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (65 percent) are women. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and a little more than half have dental, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$30,887 - $60,314
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$60K
MEDIAN: $44,046
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$16.31 - $29.34
(Median)
$16
$22
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,887 - $60,314  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,990  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $2,700  
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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$33,597 - $61,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 237
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.31 - $29.34  
   
Overtime
$22.59 - $47.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,990  
   
Profit Sharing
$550 - $2,700  
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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$33,597 - $61,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 719
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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%

Geriatrics
up arrow 12%

Long Term Care
up arrow 12%

Elder Care
up arrow 11%

Physical Therapy
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Rehabilitation
0%

National Average
$46,000

Orthopedics
up arrow 2%

Acute Care
up arrow 6%

Pediatrics
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 29%
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