Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

A Physician Assistant (PA) earns an average salary of $85,238 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Emergency Medicine and Emergency Room (ER). For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$67,990 - $108,328
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$68K
$85K
$110K
MEDIAN: $85,237
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$34.84 - $60.60
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MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$67,990 - $108,328  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,072  
Profit Sharing
$985 - $12,313  
Commission
$0.00 - $56,288  
Total Pay (?
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$69,759 - $117,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 8,390
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$34.84 - $60.60  
   
Overtime
$25.27 - $83.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,072  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $56,288  
Profit Sharing
$985 - $12,313  
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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$69,759 - $117,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,313

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Job Description for Physician Assistant (PA)

A Physician Assistant (PA) is a skilled mid-level medical provider that works under the supervision of a physician to assess, diagnose and treat and follow a variety of common ailments and conditions, generally in a primary care setting. PAs complete physical exams, and may order and interpret laboratory, radiologic and other diagnostic tests as needed to diagnose and treat a patient in conjunction with the physician. PAs may also order medications and other therapeutic procedures as needed. PAs serve to educate patient and promote health. Some PAs also serve as first-assistants to the supervising physician during surgical and medical procedures. PAs work in a variety of settings, including physician offices, hospitals, prisons, and assisted living facilities. Office-based PAs generally maintain bank hours. Other PA’s may have rotating schedules, including weekends, holidays, and on-call time. PAs normally work indoors under fast-paced conditions. Exposure to hazardous materials and bodily fluids may occur. Time management is a key skill for any PA. To become a PA requires a minimum of a master’s degree, state licensing, and passing a national certification exam administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). PA program entry requirements vary by school, but generally require a 4 year degree, volunteer experience, and GRE exam scores. With changes in the health care environment, PAs are an integral part of creating access to health care, and can expect increased job opportunities.


Physician Assistant (PA) Tasks

  • Order and interpret test results and recommend treatment of patients.
  • Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel patients.
  • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
  • Administer therapeutic procedures.
  • Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.

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Experience Affects Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries




National Average
$89,000


Skills That Affect Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries



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Medicine / Surgery
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General Surgery
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Orthopedics
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Cardiology
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Dermatology
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Internal Medicine
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Family Practice/Pediatrics
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National Average
$89,000

Family Practice
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1759 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 18%