Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Entry-Level Physician Assistants (two-fifths) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $89K. In the world of Entry-Level Physician Assistants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $14K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $71K and $115K. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Physician Assistants making up 73 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$70,136 - $104,834
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$87K
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MEDIAN: $87,063
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$35.27 - $65.51
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,136 - $104,834  
   
Bonus
$1,025 - $14,750  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $13,574  
Commission
$35,000  
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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$70,937 - $114,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,245
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$35.27 - $65.51  
   
Overtime
$34.13 - $89.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,025 - $14,750  
   
Commission
$35,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $13,574  
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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$70,937 - $114,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 726

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Kaiser Permanente, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Duke University, The Veterans Administration (United States), and Novant Health are all popular places to work. Entry-Level Physician Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Emergency Medicine Physicians, where the average salary comes to $114K. Providence Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, and Novant Health also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Physician Assistants. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $100K, $100K, and $91K, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are Mercy Hospital at $80K, New York Presbyterian Hospital at $84K, and Carolinas Healthcare Systems at $84K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $88,896

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Physician Assistants, 9 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Physician Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+6 percent), Boston (+5 percent), Dallas (+5 percent), and Austin (+4 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Miami and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Physician Assistant (PA) Advice

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Physician Assistant (PA)

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 204 votes.
Less than 1 year
29%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
12%
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Skills That Affect Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries


▲5%


Critical Care
▲5%

▲4%

▲3%

▲3%

General Surgery
▲3%

Medicine / Surgery
▲2%


Dermatology
▼0%

National Average
$89,000

Family Practice/Pediatrics
▼1%


Gastroenterology
▼3%

Pediatrics
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 14%
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