Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (United States)

A little more than half of Orthopedic Physician Assistants are still navigating the early stages of their careers and report less than five years' experience. The workforce as a whole reports a median income in the neighborhood of $92,020 per year. Pay generally spreads from $73,299 to $125,270 per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Orthopedic Physician Assistants making up 51 percent of workers. Job satisfaction for Orthopedic Physician Assistants is high. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (?
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$72,224 - $117,613
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Starting out, salaries fall in the $88K range but grow to $100K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, workers enjoy a boost in pay; earnings increase to six figures, hovering around $108K. Unfortunately, Orthopedic Physician Assistants with considerable experience—two decades in the field—see paychecks plunge to $103K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise around one in five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

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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Home to some of the best pay for Orthopedic Physician Assistants, New York offers exceptional salaries, 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. Employers pay around -11 percent in Baltimore and -10 percent in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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

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Surgery
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National Average
$92,000

Job Satisfaction

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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%