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Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Physician Assistants can expect to earn an average of $79K annually. Overall incomes of Entry-Level Physician Assistants — including $10K bonuses, $14K profit sharing proceeds, and $17K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $64K and $103K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most Entry-Level Physician Assistants are women (71 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (?
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$63,106 - $96,902
(Median)
63K
72K
97K
MEDIAN: $79,474
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Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (?
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$30.59 - $53.16
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $41.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,106 - $96,902  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,201  
Profit Sharing
$521 - $13,585  
Commission
$0.00 - $17,459  
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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$64,293 - $103,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,193
National Hourly Rate 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$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$30.59 - $53.16  
   
Overtime
$29.74 - $76.86  
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 - $10,201  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,459  
Profit Sharing
$521 - $13,585  
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).
)
$64,293 - $103,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,173
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA)

Although Kaiser Permanente boasts the highest average salary in town at $102K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $39K or as much as $146K. Kaiser Permanente also scrapes the bottom of the pay scale.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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San Antonio
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Dallas
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Houston
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Baltimore
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Phoenix
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Boston
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Chicago
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National Average
$82,000
Atlanta
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Orlando
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Miami
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Philadelphia
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Denver
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Pittsburgh
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Surpassing the national average by 11 percent, Entry-Level Physician Assistants in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Physician Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+5 percent), Dallas (+4 percent), Houston (+3 percent), and Baltimore (+2 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Denver and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

Emergency Medicine
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Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 8%
Acute Care
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Critical Care
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Surgery
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pain management
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Dermatology
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Cardiology
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Medicine / Surgery
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General Surgery
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Internal Medicine
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Orthopedics
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Family Practice/Pediatrics
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National Average
$82,000
Family Practice
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 1025 votes.

Gender

Female
71%
female alumni
 
Male
29%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 15%