Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

Orthopedic Physician Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $91K per year. Total incomes of Orthopedic Physician Assistants incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $24K from bonuses and close to $16K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $77K and $129K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Orthopedic Physician Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Orthopedic Physician Assistants are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 53 percent of the field. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$75,213 - $120,771
(Median)
$75K
$91K
$120K
MEDIAN: $90,958
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$37.75 - $67.33
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$38
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$67
MEDIAN: $49.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$75,213 - $120,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,126  
Profit Sharing
$1,291 - $16,107  
Commission
$14,740  
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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$76,878 - $129,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 994
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$37.75 - $67.33  
   
Overtime
$41.43 - $81.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,126  
   
Commission
$14,740  
Profit Sharing
$1,291 - $16,107  
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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$76,878 - $129,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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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Popular Skills for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)


Survey takers who work as Orthopedic Physician Assistants typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in spine, Surgery, Orthopedics, and Injections are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Injections. Those familiar with Orthopedics also tend to know Injections.

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 $88K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $102K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Orthopedic Physician Assistants make a median salary of $113K. For some reason, Orthopedic Physician Assistants with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $108K.

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$93,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

spine
up arrow 4%

Surgery
up arrow 2%

Orthopedics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$93,000

Injections
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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