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Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

The average Orthopedic Physician Assistant in the United States earns approximately $90K annually. In the world of Orthopedic Physician Assistants, overall income ranges from $76K near the bottom to $127K at the top; this can include more than $21K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. 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. Most Orthopedic Physician Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$74,269 - $117,568
(Median)
$74K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $90,013
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90%

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$36.22 - $67.58
(Median)
$36
$48
$68
MEDIAN: $47.00
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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
$74,269 - $117,568  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,524  
Profit Sharing
$1,260 - $10,365  
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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$75,804 - $126,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 745
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$36.22 - $67.58  
   
Overtime
$47.34 - $81.09  
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 - $20,524  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,260 - $10,365  
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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$75,804 - $126,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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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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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Injections. Surgery is a skill commonly found among those who know Orthopedics.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)

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


Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $88K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $100K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $111K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $104K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

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 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
38%
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: 9%
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