Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (United States)

A Physician Assistant (PA) earns an average salary of $82,550 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Emergency Medicine and Emergency Room (ER). People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Physician Assistant (PA) Total Pay (?
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$65,554 - $105,172
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MEDIAN: $82,549
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Physician Assistant (PA) Total Pay (?
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$33.91 - $58.91
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MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,554 - $105,172  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,330  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $13,858  
Commission
$0.00 - $57,000  
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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$67,583 - $114,879  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11,633
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$33.91 - $58.91  
   
Overtime
$29.97 - $82.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,330  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $57,000  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $13,858  
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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$67,583 - $114,879  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11,633
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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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Gender
Female
67%
female alumni
 
Male
33%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 17%
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