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Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) Salary

The average Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant earns approximately $21.46 per hour. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a little more than half. Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants survey participants are largely women, dominating at 64 percent. For the most part, Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$30,526 - $58,590
(Median)
$31K
$42K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,919
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$16.29 - $29.26
(Median)
$16
$21
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,526 - $58,590  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,006  
Profit Sharing
$152.60 - $2,000  
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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$33,397 - $61,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 283
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.29 - $29.26  
   
Overtime
$23.29 - $46.74  
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 - $2,006  
   
Profit Sharing
$152.60 - $2,000  
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).
)
$33,397 - $61,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 906
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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.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 18%

Elder Care
up arrow 15%

Geriatrics
up arrow 14%

Long Term Care
up arrow 13%

Physical Therapy
up arrow 3%

National Average
$44,000

Rehabilitation
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Orthopedics
up arrow 2%

Acute Care
up arrow 4%

Pediatrics
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 28%