Physician Assistant (PA) Average Salary

Job Satisfaction

We have no job satisfaction data for this job. Do you work as Physician Assistant (PA) ? Start the survey
national salary data
National Employer Data
There is not enough data available to display this chart. Is this your job? Help us build our database by providing information about this job title. Start here.

Physician Assistant (PA) Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Job Description for Physician Assistant (PA)

A physician assistant (PA) is a licensed medical professional and caregiver. who typically works in a clinic, doctor's office, or hospital. The PA can perform many of the routine work that doctors might otherwise perform, thus allowing the physician to spend more time with non-routine cases and patients. In many jurisdictions, a PA is licensed to perform routine diagnoses and to write prescriptions.

The PA will typically be tasked with seeing patients who present with routine sicknesses or injuries. The PA normally assesses the situation and then treats the patient, according to medically accepted standards and practices. The PA may determine that the patient requires more specific care and will bring in a physician to escalate the care. A PA can perform regular procedures, such as stitching up minor cuts and setting small fractures or breaks. The PA may also assist a physician in preliminary prep work on patients.

To be a PA, a person must normally have a bachelor’s degree in biology or a similar field. He or she may also need a post-graduate education that is similar to, but not quite as stringent as, that required by regular physicians. The PA must also pass board certification exams and keep these licenses up-to-date through any required continuing education. Most physician assistants work in a clinical environment during regular business hours of the week.

Physician Assistant (PA) Tasks
  • Order and interpret test results and recommend treatment of patients.
  • Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel patients.
  • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
  • Administer therapeutic procedures.
  • Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.

Key Stats

1-4 years
20 years or more

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Comp Managers: Start Here »

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Salary and career advice to put you a step ahead.
newsletter icon


Get Career Tips & Advice

    5 Ways Social Media Is Hurting Your Career
    Social media can help you build a personal brand, connect with professionals in your field, and even find a job. However, the same things that make so...
    How to Attend a Networking Event Solo
    Attending social events solo can feel awkward and icky, even for extroverted types. Networking events are especially tough, since there's a lot riding...
    3 Career Tips From Famous Dads
    Forget gift clichés like ties or tools or the beer-of-the-month club; if you have a dad in your life, what he'd probably like most this Father's Day i...

Want to Get More Specific? Get a Salary Report Customized for YOU

Tell us about your current job and your skillset, and we’ll let you know how much employers are paying in your area.

PayScale Research