Experienced Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (United States)

With nearly 100 percent of Experienced Physician Assistants reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $76,555 to $128,345 per year and averages out to $96,607 annually. Cash earnings of Experienced Physician Assistants—including $19,110 bonuses, $13,432 profit sharing proceeds, and $61K commissions near the top of the pay scale—stretch from approximately $76,555 to approximately $128,345 depending on individual performance. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although around one in five lack health benefits of any kind, most do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Experienced Physician Assistants. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Experienced Physician Assistant (PA) Salary (?
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$73,022 - $120,316
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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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Experienced Physician Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Southwest Medical Associates, where typical salaries come to $117,306.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Department of Veteran's Affairs, where the median salary is just $90,845. Other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include V.A. Medical Center ($99,186) and U.S. Army ($101,096).

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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Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Experienced Physician Assistants, 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). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. 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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