Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (United States)

A relatively young group of workers, more than half of Orthopedic Physician Assistants report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $92,020 per year on average. Pay starts at $73,299 and can approach $125,270 per year on the higher side. Total cash earnings range from $72,224 on the low end to $117,613 on the high end and can include bonus and profit sharing proceeds as high as $20K and $10,213, respectively. Experience level and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Orthopedic Physician Assistants making up 51 percent of workers. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Orthopedic Physician Assistants who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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 are typically $88K, which grows to $100K after five to 10 years. Earnings jump to six figures after one to decades in the field, and experienced workers make around $108K. Orthopedic Physician Assistants' salaries shift downward after two decades on the job, averaging $103K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 18 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. More than half of the workforce has between one and 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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Surpassing the national average by 11 percent, Orthopedic Physician Assistants in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Orthopedic Physician Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+2 percent) and Boston (+1 percent). Philadelphia ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Baltimore (-11 percent) and Chicago (-10 percent).

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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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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%
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