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Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (United States)

Slightly more than half of Orthopedic Physician Assistants report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $89K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Orthopedic Physician Assistants approaches anywhere from $73K on the lower end to $125K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Male Orthopedic Physician Assistants are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 51 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (?
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$72,224 - $117,613
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $89,319
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Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (?
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$32.83 - $66.95
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MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,224 - $117,613  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,044  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $10,213  
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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$73,299 - $125,270  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$32.83 - $66.95  
   
Overtime
$48.48 - $81.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,044  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $10,213  
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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$73,299 - $125,270  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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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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Survey takers who work as Orthopedic Physician Assistants usually report a few specific skills. Orthopedics and Surgery are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Orthopedics is often linked with 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.
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 $98K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $108K. 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 $103K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — just over a half of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise just under one in five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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Boston
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National Average
$92,000
Atlanta
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Denver
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Chicago
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Baltimore
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Philadelphia
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For those looking to make money, Orthopedic Physician Assistants in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 11 percent above the national average. Orthopedic Physician Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+2 percent) and Boston (+1 percent). In Philadelphia, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Baltimore and Chicago (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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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

Orthopedics
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Surgery
0%
National Average
$92,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 11%