Licensed Physical Therapist (LPT) Salary
A Licensed Physical Therapist (LPT) earns an average salary of $68,810 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Home Health/Home Care and Geriatrics.
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|Bonus||$773 - $9,609|
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|$59,132 - $97,192|
|Hourly Rate||$30.07 - $51.19|
|Overtime||$0.18 - $64.42|
|Bonus||$773 - $9,609|
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Job Description for Licensed Physical Therapist (LPT)
A licensed physical therapist helps people recover from injuries and illnesses. They use a variety of techniques - such as exercise, electrical stimulation, massage, and hot or cold compresses - to help patients with injuries or chronic conditions improve their range of movement, restore function, learn how to adjust to disabilities, and manage pain. Licensed physical therapists often specialize in a specific discipline, such as sports medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, neurology, or cardiopulmonary physical therapy.Read More...
Depending on their specialization, licensed physical therapists may work in hospitals, schools, clinics, or private practice. Most full-time licensed physical therapists work a 40-hour week, meeting with multiple patients a day; however, working weekends or evenings is not unusual. At larger institutions, a licensed physical therapist may deal with a group of patients at the same time, delegating tasks to physical therapy assistants. Licensed physical therapists also function as members of a team alongside doctors and surgeons, who consult with each other to effectively develop treatment strategies.
To become a licensed physical therapist, a master’s degree from an accredited program of physical therapy or physiotherapy is required. However, a doctorate in physical therapy is quickly becoming the new standard. In the U.S., state licensing is required to legally practice as a physical therapist. To obtain the license, prospective physical therapists must pass exams after obtaining their degree in physical therapy. Licensed physical therapists are expected to continue to attend conferences and keep track of new developments, techniques, and technologies throughout their career. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Licensed Physical Therapist (LPT) Tasks
- Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
- Discharge patient from physical therapy when projected outcomes have been attained and provide for follow-up care or referrals.
- Administer manual exercises, massage or traction to help relieve pain, increase patient strength or decrease or prevent deformity.
- Perform an initial exam, evaluate medical records and physician's referral and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
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Pay by Experience for a Licensed Physical Therapist (LPT) has a positive trend. An entry-level Licensed Physical Therapist (LPT) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 438 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Licensed Physical Therapist (LPT) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 142 salaries. An experienced Licensed Physical Therapist (LPT) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 153 salaries. A Licensed Physical Therapist (LPT) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 100 salaries.
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