Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

Entry-Level Physician Assistants can expect wages of $81K per year on average. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Physician Assistants — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $13K from profit sharing — stretch from around $66K to approximately $105K. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Physician Assistants. Most Entry-Level Physician Assistants survey respondents are women (71 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$64,863 - $98,351
(Median)
$65K
$81K
$98K
MEDIAN: $80,872
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$31.49 - $55.08
(Median)
$31
$42
$55
MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,863 - $98,351  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,198  
Profit Sharing
$517 - $12,723  
Commission
$0.00 - $36,065  
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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$65,837 - $104,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,846
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$31.49 - $55.08  
   
Overtime
$29.46 - $77.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,198  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $36,065  
Profit Sharing
$517 - $12,723  
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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$65,837 - $104,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,098

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Those at Emergency Medicine Physicians can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $114K.

The lowest salaries can be found at New York Presbyterian Hospital — median pay is $84K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $76K and only reaching $99K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Physician Assistants, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 13 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Physician Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Antonio (+5 percent), Phoenix (+4 percent), Houston (+3 percent), and Baltimore (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Miami (8 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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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!

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"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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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries


Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 8%

Surgery
up arrow 5%

Acute Care
up arrow 5%

Critical Care
up arrow 5%

pain management
up arrow 4%

Dermatology
up arrow 3%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

General Surgery
up arrow 3%

Cardiology
up arrow 2%

Internal Medicine
up arrow 1%

Orthopedics
up arrow 1%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$83,000

Family Practice
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 745 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 15%