Orthopedic Physician Assistants in the United States take home approximately $93K annually on average. Cash earnings for Orthopedic Physician Assistants — which occasionally include more than $23K from bonuses and more than $16K from profit sharing — stretch from around $78K to approximately $132K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men make up a slight majority of Orthopedic Physician Assistants (55 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Orthopedic Physician Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$77,550 - $124,750
(Median)
$78K
$93K
$120K
MEDIAN: $92,751
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90%

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$39.75 - $73.00
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$40
$52
$73
MEDIAN: $52.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$77,550 - $124,750  
   
Bonus
$1,258 - $23,490  
Profit Sharing
$2,936 - $16,487  
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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$78,483 - $132,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 706
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$39.75 - $73.00  
   
Overtime
$20.43 - $82.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,258 - $23,490  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,936 - $16,487  
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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$78,483 - $132,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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)


Orthopedic Physician Assistants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Surgery, spine, Orthopedics, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Injections. It is often found that people who know Orthopedics are 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.


Orthopedic Physician Assistants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $90K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $106K. On average, Orthopedic Physician Assistants make $116K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $119K.

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Experience Affects Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$95,000


Skills That Affect Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

Surgery
up arrow 3%

Orthopedics
up arrow 2%

spine
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

National Average
$95,000

Injections
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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