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

A relatively young group of workers, more than three-quarters of Entry-Level Physician Assistants report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $81,681 per year on average. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Entry-Level Physician Assistants—as high as $10,201, $13,585 and $17,459, respectively—each contribute to the degree of variability within cash compensation, ranging from $63,106 to $96,902. Geographic location and the specific employer each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and 44 percent have vision insurance. Female Entry-Level Physician Assistants make up most of the field at 71 percent. The majority of Entry-Level Physician Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (?
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$63,106 - $96,902
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MEDIAN: $79,474
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Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (?
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$30.59 - $53.16
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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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,193
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$30.59 - $53.16  
   
Overtime
$29.74 - $76.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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)

The biggest paychecks can be found at Kaiser Permanente—the median salary there is $101,736; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries starting at only $39K and climbing to $146K. New York Presbyterian Hospital offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $86,123.

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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Chicago
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$82,000
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For Entry-Level Physician Assistants, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 11 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and Baltimore, where Entry-Level Physician Assistants annually earn 5 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 2 percent more than the national average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 14 percent below the national average. Employers pay around -8 percent in Denver and -5 percent in Philadelphia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

Emergency Medicine
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Emergency Room (ER)
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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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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%
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