Experienced Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (United States)

The majority of Experienced Physician Assistants —nearly 100 percent—boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $76,555 to $128,345 per year and typically amount to $96,607 annually. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into overall incomes for Experienced Physician Assistants. Ranging between $73,022 near the bottom and $120,316 near the top, total earnings can include up to $19,110 from bonuses and up to $13,432 from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $61K. The particular firm and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession—22 percent—do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Experienced Physician Assistants who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Experienced Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (?
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$73,022 - $120,316
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $92,348
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Experienced Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (?
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$38.02 - $63.16
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MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,022 - $120,316  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,110  
Profit Sharing
$1,023 - $13,432  
Commission
$0.00 - $60,900  
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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$76,555 - $128,345  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,920
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$38.02 - $63.16  
   
Overtime
$0.42 - $86.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,110  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $60,900  
Profit Sharing
$1,023 - $13,432  
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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$76,555 - $128,345  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 665
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Popular Employer Salaries for Experienced Physician Assistant (PA)

The biggest paychecks can be found at Southwest Medical Associates—the median salary there is $117,306.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Department of Veteran's Affairs, where the median salary is just $90,845. V.A. Medical Center and U.S. Army also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $99,186 and $101,096-paychecks on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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New York
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Seattle
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Los Angeles
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San Antonio
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Houston
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Oklahoma City
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Dallas
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Chicago
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National Average
$97,000
Denver
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Cleveland
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Orlando
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Atlanta
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Philadelphia
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Pittsburgh
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For Experienced Physician Assistants, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 12 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Antonio, top-paying cities where Experienced Physician Assistants see paychecks higher than average (+8 percent, +7 percent, +6 percent, and +5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Philadelphia and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -7 percent and -6 percent, respectively.

Skills That Affect Experienced Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

Surgery
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Emergency Medicine
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Dermatology
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Orthopedics
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Critical Care
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Acute Care
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Medicine / Surgery
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pain management
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Cardiology
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National Average
$97,000
Internal Medicine
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Family Practice/Pediatrics
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Family Practice
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Pediatrics
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Gender

Female
59%
female alumni
 
Male
41%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 22%
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