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Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Physician Assistants is around $81K annually. Cash earnings of Entry-Level Physician Assistants — including $10K in bonuses, $13K in profit sharing proceeds, and $53K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $66K to approximately $105K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Entry-Level Physician Assistants survey respondents are women (71 percent). Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$65,225 - $98,659
(Median)
$65K
$81K
$99K
MEDIAN: $81,151
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90%

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$31.72 - $55.60
(Median)
$32
$43
$56
MEDIAN: $42.00
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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
$65,225 - $98,659  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,207  
Profit Sharing
$965 - $13,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $52,500  
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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$66,230 - $104,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,832
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
$31.72 - $55.60  
   
Overtime
$27.37 - $77.67  
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 - $10,207  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $52,500  
Profit Sharing
$965 - $13,000  
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).
)
$66,230 - $104,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,097

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Emergency Medicine Physicians offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $114K.

With a median salary of $84K, New York Presbyterian Hospital provides Entry-Level Physician Assistants with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $99K, limiting employee salary growth.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Entry-Level Physician Assistants that is 13 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Physician Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+5 percent), Phoenix (+4 percent), Baltimore (+4 percent), and Houston (+3 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (7 percent lower) and Miami (4 percent lower).

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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!

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"Hard Work. Do Charts At Home Most Of The Time."
Think fast, clearly. Know basics well. My place is not for new PAs.

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


Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 8%

Surgery
up arrow 5%

Acute Care
up arrow 5%

Critical Care
up arrow 5%

pain management
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

General Surgery
up arrow 3%

Cardiology
up arrow 2%

Dermatology
up arrow 2%

Orthopedics
up arrow 1%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Internal Medicine
0%

National Average
$83,000

Family Practice
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 700 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 15%
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