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Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (United States)

For Orthopedic Physician Assistants, annual average wages total $90K per year. Total cash compensation to Orthopedic Physician Assistants bottoms out near $75K and approaches $128K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $21K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Orthopedic Physician Assistants making up 51 percent of survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Orthopedic Physician Assistants is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (?
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$73,041 - $118,195
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $89,785
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Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (?
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$34.75 - $70.54
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MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,041 - $118,195  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,608  
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $10,256  
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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$74,582 - $127,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 558
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$34.75 - $70.54  
   
Overtime
$48.94 - $89.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,608  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $10,256  
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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$74,582 - $127,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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Job Description for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)

An orthopedic physician assistant (PA) works in clinical environment to provide physicians with assistance related to orthopedics. They perform tasks such as applying and removing splints and casts, removing sutures, changing dressings, and performing joint aspirations. Orthopedic physician assistants often need to determine a patient's need for physical therapy and may be responsible for referrals. They frequently perform rounds on behalf of the physician and report any problems back to the physician.
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Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Tasks
  • Perform routine outpatient procedures and surgeries including: regional anesthesia, tendon repair, incision and drainage, and wound closure and management.
  • Assist orthopedic physician in examining and diagnosing skeletal and joint problems.
  • Assist in surgery, performing actions delegated by physician to allow her/him to focus on more technical aspects of the operation.
  • Conduct hospital rounds, write orders and perform other administrative and clerical tasks as needed.

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Orthopedic Physician Assistants who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Surgery and Orthopedics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Employees educated in Orthopedics are typically practiced in Surgery, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $87K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $100K. Orthopedic Physician Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $112K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $103K.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Antonio
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National Average
$92,000
Denver
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Atlanta
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San Diego
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Charlotte
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Houston
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Philadelphia
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Dallas
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Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Orthopedic Physician Assistants in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Orthopedic Physician Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Antonio (+7 percent) and New York (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago. Employers also pay below the national average in Baltimore (10 percent lower) and Dallas (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$92,000

Skills That Affect Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

Surgery
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Orthopedics
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National Average
$92,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 10%