Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

The average Entry-Level Physician Assistant can expect to rake in roughly $83K per year. In the world of Entry-Level Physician Assistants, total cash compensation ranges from $68K on the lower end to $108K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $10K and profit sharing that approaches $16K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $39K. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Physician Assistants is high. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. Most Entry-Level Physician Assistants survey respondents are women (71 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$66,996 - $100,468
(Median)
$67K
$83K
$100K
MEDIAN: $82,682
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$33.92 - $58.37
(Median)
$34
$44
$58
MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$66,996 - $100,468  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,300  
Profit Sharing
$985 - $15,526  
Commission
$0.00 - $39,453  
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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$67,889 - $107,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,933
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$33.92 - $58.37  
   
Overtime
$36.29 - $80.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,300  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $39,453  
Profit Sharing
$985 - $15,526  
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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$67,889 - $107,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,082
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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Physician Assistants include Kaiser Permanente, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Duke University, Emergency Medicine Physicians, and Mercy Hospital. For Entry-Level Physician Assistants, comfortable salaries can be found at Emergency Medicine Physicians; in fact, median earnings sit around $114K, the highest in the area.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,987

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

For Entry-Level Physician Assistants, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 12 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Physician Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+7 percent), Houston (+4 percent), Baltimore (+3 percent), and Phoenix (+3 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Workers in Denver and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

Physician Assistant (PA) Advice

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

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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Skills That Affect Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries


Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 7%

Acute Care
up arrow 5%

Critical Care
up arrow 5%

Surgery
up arrow 4%

Dermatology
up arrow 3%

General Surgery
up arrow 3%

Cardiology
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

pain management
up arrow 2%

Internal Medicine
0%

Orthopedics
0%

National Average
$85,000

Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Family Practice
up arrow 3%

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 495 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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