Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

Entry-Level Physician Assistants can expect wages of $82K annually on average. The range in cash compensation to Entry-Level Physician Assistants (largely between $67K and $106K) includes potential earnings of $10K from bonuses, $12K from profit sharing, and commissions of $35K in exceptional cases. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. 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). Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$65,661 - $99,123
(Median)
$66K
$82K
$99K
MEDIAN: $81,553
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$32.32 - $55.93
(Median)
$32
$43
$56
MEDIAN: $43.00
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90%

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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
$65,661 - $99,123  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,258  
Profit Sharing
$957 - $12,487  
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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$66,711 - $105,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,791
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$32.32 - $55.93  
   
Overtime
$30.12 - $78.58  
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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,258  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $35,117  
Profit Sharing
$957 - $12,487  
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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$66,711 - $105,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,063
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA)


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

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Physician Assistants, 13 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 (+3 percent), and Phoenix (+3 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of 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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"Sell of the Practice."
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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
up arrow 2%

Internal Medicine
0%

Orthopedics
0%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
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 608 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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