Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

Orthopedic Physician Assistants in the United States take home approximately $90K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $21K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $12K, overall incomes of Orthopedic Physician Assistants spread between $76K and $127K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Orthopedic Physician Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men make up a slight majority of Orthopedic Physician Assistants (54 percent) who responded to the survey. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$74,301 - $118,072
(Median)
$74K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $90,321
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$36.68 - $68.60
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$37
$48
$69
MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$74,301 - $118,072  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,608  
Profit Sharing
$1,150 - $12,000  
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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$75,954 - $127,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 797
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$36.68 - $68.60  
   
Overtime
$47.34 - $81.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,608  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,150 - $12,000  
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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$75,954 - $127,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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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)


Typical Orthopedic Physician Assistants report a focused set of job skills. 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. Most people familiar with Orthopedics also know Injections.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)

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


The relatively untested earn a median of $88K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $100K. Orthopedic Physician Assistants bring in $111K after working for 10 to 20 years. Orthopedic Physician Assistants who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $105K.

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$93,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

Orthopedics
up arrow 1%

Surgery
up arrow 1%

National Average
$93,000

Injections
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 10%
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