A big portion of take-home pay for Entry-Level Physician Assistants — about two in five, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $88K. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Physician Assistants — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $16K from profit sharing — stretch from around $70K to approximately $113K. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Entry-Level Physician Assistants make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Most Entry-Level Physician Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$69,378 - $103,435
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$69K
$86K
$100K
MEDIAN: $86,033
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$35.65 - $63.06
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MEDIAN: $46.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,378 - $103,435  
   
Bonus
$1,024 - $14,941  
Profit Sharing
$2,466 - $15,893  
Commission
$34,604  
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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$70,309 - $113,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,218
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$35.65 - $63.06  
   
Overtime
$33.66 - $90.44  
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$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,024 - $14,941  
   
Commission
$34,604  
Profit Sharing
$2,466 - $15,893  
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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$70,309 - $113,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 724
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Kaiser Permanente, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Duke University, The Veterans Administration (United States), and Emergency Medicine Physicians are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Physician Assistants. Emergency Medicine Physicians leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $114K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Kaiser Permanente, Duke University, and New York Presbyterian Hospital, where Entry-Level Physician Assistants typically earn around $100K, $88K, or $84K, respectively.

Mercy Hospital, Carolinas Healthcare Systems, and New York Presbyterian Hospital also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $80K, $83K, and $84K-paychecks on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $87,969

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Physician Assistants, 12 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Physician Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+9 percent), Houston (+5 percent), Boston (+4 percent), and Austin (+4 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Miami and 4 percent less in Philadelphia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Physician Assistant (PA) Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Physician Assistant (PA) in Gastonia:
"Certification/Re-certification Intense b/ well worth it!"
This is a wonderful and fulfilling career path. Challenging and intense but the rewards are immeasurable. This is the perfect career to lead while also following other great leaders in the medical field.

Physician Assistant (PA) in Las Vegas:
"Extra billing and management required of me to do."
Be ready to work ten hrs a day with no breaks and at least two hrs a week from home.

Physician Assistant (PA) in Memphis:
"Sell of the Practice."
Monitor the job market closely. Have a complete list of Pros and cons with Must haves and could have.

Physician Assistant (PA) in Tucson:
"The downside to the profession."
Consider Sub Specialty! General Practice is overworked and under reimbursed!

Physician Assistant (PA) in Baltimore:
"Hard Work. Do Charts At Home Most Of The Time."
Think fast, clearly. Know basics well. My place is not for new PAs.

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Acute Care
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Critical Care
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Surgery
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Cardiology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 204 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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