Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

Median pay for Orthopedic Physician Assistants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $91K per year. Total cash compensation to Orthopedic Physician Assistants approaches anywhere from $77K on the lower end to $129K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $24K from bonuses and upwards of $16K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Orthopedic Physician Assistants is high. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Orthopedic Physician Assistants making up 53 percent of survey respondents. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$75,213 - $120,771
(Median)
$75K
$91K
$120K
MEDIAN: $90,958
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$37.75 - $67.33
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$38
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$67
MEDIAN: $49.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$75,213 - $120,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,126  
Profit Sharing
$1,291 - $16,107  
Commission
$14,740  
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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$76,878 - $129,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 994
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$37.75 - $67.33  
   
Overtime
$41.43 - $81.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,126  
   
Commission
$14,740  
Profit Sharing
$1,291 - $16,107  
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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$76,878 - $129,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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. Most notably, skills in spine, Surgery, Orthopedics, and Injections 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.


Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $88K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $102K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $113K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $108K on average.

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$93,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

spine
up arrow 4%

Surgery
up arrow 2%

Orthopedics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$93,000

Injections
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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