Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Physician Assistants sits in the ballpark of $81K annually. Total incomes of Entry-Level Physician Assistants incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $13K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $67K and $105K. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Female Entry-Level Physician Assistants make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Most Entry-Level Physician Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$65,572 - $98,997
(Median)
$66K
$81K
$99K
MEDIAN: $81,465
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$32.04 - $55.82
(Median)
$32
$43
$56
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
$65,572 - $98,997  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,254  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $13,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $35,117  
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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$66,553 - $105,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,810
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$32.04 - $55.82  
   
Overtime
$29.40 - $78.15  
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 - $10,254  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $35,117  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $13,000  
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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$66,553 - $105,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,076
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The biggest paychecks can be found at Emergency Medicine Physicians — the median salary there is $114K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Physician Assistants, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 12 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Physician Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+5 percent), Seattle (+5 percent), Houston (+4 percent), and Phoenix (+2 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (7 percent lower) and Miami (4 percent lower).

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Physician Assistant (PA) in Memphis:
"Sell of the Practice."
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Physician Assistant (PA) in Tucson:
"The downside to the profession."
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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%

Acute Care
up arrow 5%

Critical Care
up arrow 5%

Surgery
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

General Surgery
up arrow 3%

pain management
up arrow 3%

Cardiology
up arrow 2%

Dermatology
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Orthopedics
up arrow 1%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Internal Medicine
0%

National Average
$84,000

Family Practice
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 622 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 15%
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