Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

The average Entry-Level Physician Assistant earns approximately $82K per year. The final incomes of Entry-Level Physician Assistants generally vary between $67K and $106K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $10K, $14K, and $35K, respectively. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than one-half. Most Entry-Level Physician Assistants survey respondents are women (71 percent). Most Entry-Level Physician Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$65,876 - $99,237

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$32.33 - $56.12

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,876 - $99,237  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,266  
Profit Sharing
$613 - $13,702  
Commission
$0.00 - $35,117  
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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$66,868 - $105,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,780
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$32.33 - $56.12  
   
Overtime
$30.12 - $79.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,266  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $35,117  
Profit Sharing
$613 - $13,702  
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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$66,868 - $105,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,062
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Entry-Level Physician Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Emergency Medicine Physicians, where the average salary comes to $114K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Physician Assistants, 12 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Physician Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Antonio (+5 percent), Seattle (+5 percent), Houston (+3 percent), and Phoenix (+2 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Miami (7 percent lower and 4 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 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 Entry-Level Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries


Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 8%

Acute Care
up arrow 5%

Critical Care
up arrow 5%

Surgery
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

General Surgery
up arrow 3%

pain management
up arrow 3%

Cardiology
up arrow 2%

Dermatology
up arrow 2%

Internal Medicine
0%

Orthopedics
0%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$84,000

Family Practice
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 593 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 15%
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