Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

For Entry-Level Physician Assistants, yearly average wages total $83K annually. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Physician Assistants bottoms out near $68K and approaches $108K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $16K from profit sharing. The particular firm 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. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Physician Assistants making up 71 percent. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$66,996 - $100,468
(Median)
$67K
$83K
$100K
MEDIAN: $82,682
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$33.92 - $58.37
(Median)
$34
$44
$58
MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$66,996 - $100,468  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,300  
Profit Sharing
$985 - $15,526  
Commission
$0.00 - $39,453  
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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$67,889 - $107,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,933
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$33.92 - $58.37  
   
Overtime
$36.29 - $80.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,300  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $39,453  
Profit Sharing
$985 - $15,526  
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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$67,889 - $107,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,082
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Kaiser Permanente, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Duke University, Emergency Medicine Physicians, and Mercy Hospital are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Entry-Level Physician Assistants. Those at Emergency Medicine Physicians can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $114K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,987

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

For Entry-Level Physician Assistants, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 12 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Physician Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+7 percent), Houston (+4 percent), Baltimore (+3 percent), and Phoenix (+3 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers in Denver and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Physician Assistant (PA) Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries


Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 7%

Acute Care
up arrow 5%

Critical Care
up arrow 5%

Surgery
up arrow 4%

Dermatology
up arrow 3%

General Surgery
up arrow 3%

Cardiology
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

pain management
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Internal Medicine
0%

Orthopedics
0%

National Average
$85,000

Family Practice/Pediatrics
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Family Practice
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 495 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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