Orthopedic Physician Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $93K per year. Overall cash earnings for Orthopedic Physician Assistants stretch from $79K on the lower end to $132K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K from bonuses and $26K from profit sharing. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. 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. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $93,202
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$78,078 - $125,203  
   
Bonus
$1,272 - $20,347  
Profit Sharing
$2,424 - $25,760  
Total Pay (?
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$79,097 - $132,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 659
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$39.66 - $73.41  
   
Overtime
$34.00 - $84.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,272 - $20,347  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,424 - $25,760  
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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$79,097 - $132,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)


Orthopedic Physician Assistants seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Surgery, spine, Orthopedics, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Injections. Those proficient in Orthopedics are, more often than not, also skilled in Injections.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The relatively untested earn a median of $90K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $106K. Orthopedic Physician Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $114K. Orthopedic Physician Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $120K on average.

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Key Stats for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$96,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

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spine
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Medicine / Surgery
0%

National Average
$96,000

Injections
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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