Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

Entry-Level Physician Assistants take home approximately $88K annually on average. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Physician Assistants — including $15K in bonuses and $14K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $72K to $116K depending on individual performance. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Most Entry-Level Physician Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Entry-Level Physician Assistants make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$71,124 - $106,618
$71K
$88K
$110K
MEDIAN: $87,856
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$35.87 - $66.54
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MEDIAN: $47.89
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$0$115K
Salary $71,124 - $106,618
Bonus $1,012 - $15,053
Profit Sharing $201.34 - $13,906
Commission $22,500
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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$71,983 - $115,973
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,252
Hourly Data $0$89
Hourly Rate $35.87 - $66.54
Overtime $30.07 - $89.80
Annual Data $0$115K
Bonus $1,012 - $15,053
Commission $22,500
Profit Sharing $201.34 - $13,906
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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$71,983 - $115,973
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 732

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Physician Assistant (PA) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Physician Assistant (PA)


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Entry-Level Physician Assistants include Kaiser Permanente, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Duke University, The Veterans Administration (United States), and Novant Health. Emergency Medicine Physicians attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $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.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Mercy Hospital at $80K, New York Presbyterian Hospital at $84K, and Carolinas Healthcare Systems, where $84K is the norm.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $89,802

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, 8 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Physician Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+5 percent), Boston (+4 percent), Dallas (+4 percent), and Austin (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Workers in Miami and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 8 percent less, 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 Houston:
"Do not fear!"
Believe in yourself and ask questions.

Physician Assistant (PA) in Dublin:
"Don't settle for mediocre pay."
Learn your skill. Know your environment, clinical and community. Learn the prevailing wage and ask for higher.

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 Winter Haven:
"Pace of clinic."
Ask how many pt's daily you would be responsible for seeing on average to understand the commitment you would be undertaking.

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!

Key Stats for Physician Assistant (PA)

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 221 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


▲4%


Critical Care
▲4%

▲3%

▲2%

▲2%

General Surgery
▲2%

Medicine / Surgery
▲1%


National Average
$90,000

Dermatology
▼1%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
▼2%


Gastroenterology
▼4%

Pediatrics
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 221 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 14%
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