Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

Entry-Level Physician Assistants can expect wages of $86K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Physician Assistants ranges from $70K on the lower end to $113K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. Most Entry-Level Physician Assistants survey respondents are women (73 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Physician Assistants. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$69,547 - $104,094
$70K
$86K
$100K
MEDIAN: $86,345
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$35.27 - $64.24
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MEDIAN: $46.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,547 - $104,094  
   
Bonus
$1,035 - $14,819  
Profit Sharing
$2,750 - $15,000  
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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$70,389 - $113,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$35.27 - $64.24  
   
Overtime
$30.24 - $90.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,035 - $14,819  
   
Commission
$22,500  
Profit Sharing
$2,750 - $15,000  
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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$70,389 - $113,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 720

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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. Emergency Medicine Physicians attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $114K. Also paying near the top of the field are Providence Hospital at $100K, Kaiser Permanente at $100K, and Novant Health, where Entry-Level Physician Assistants annually earn $91K.

Employees at The Veterans Administration (United States) take home the smallest paychecks, and $77K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $51K and quickly nearing the top at only $87K. Mercy Hospital, Carolinas Healthcare Systems, and New York Presbyterian Hospital also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $80K, $83K, and $84K-paychecks on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $88,232

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

Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Physician Assistants, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 10 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Physician Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+5 percent), Dallas (+5 percent), Boston (+4 percent), and Charlotte (+4 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (7 percent less) and Philadelphia (5 percent less).

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 191 votes.
Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
12%
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Skills That Affect Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries


Acute Care
▲6%

▲5%

Emergency Room (ER)
▲5%

Critical Care
▲5%

Orthopedics
▲4%

Cardiology
▲4%

General Surgery
▲3%

Medicine / Surgery
▲3%


Family Practice/Pediatrics
▼0%

Dermatology
▼0%

National Average
$88,000


Gastroenterology
▼3%

Pediatrics
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 191 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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