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Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

For Orthopedic Physician Assistants, yearly average wages total $90K annually. Total cash earnings of Orthopedic Physician Assistants range from $76K on the low end to $126K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $21K and $10K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Orthopedic Physician Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Orthopedic Physician Assistants making up 53 percent of survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$74,095 - $117,592
(Median)
$74K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $90,125
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$35.89 - $67.92
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$36
$48
$68
MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary 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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$74,095 - $117,592  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,574  
Profit Sharing
$1,026 - $10,101  
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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$75,695 - $125,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 702
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$35.89 - $67.92  
   
Overtime
$46.54 - $82.43  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,574  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,026 - $10,101  
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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$75,695 - $125,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62

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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)


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Orthopedic Physician Assistants who took the survey. Those who have experience with Surgery, Orthopedics, and Injections can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Injections. Competency in Orthopedics frequently indicates knowledge of Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $88K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $100K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $111K in this role. Orthopedic Physician Assistants who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $103K.

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$93,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

Orthopedics
0%

Surgery
0%

National Average
$93,000

Injections
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 9%