In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $103K, around two in five of overall earnings for Experienced Physician Assistants arrives through commissions. Overall cash earnings for Experienced Physician Assistants vary widely between $82K and $137K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $19K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a little more than half get dental coverage, too. Women account for the majority of Experienced Physician Assistants who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$78,902 - $125,633
(Median)
$79K
$99K
$130K
MEDIAN: $99,348
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90%

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$41.77 - $71.28
(Median)
$42
$54
$71
MEDIAN: $53.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$78,902 - $125,633  
   
Bonus
$1,002 - $19,158  
Profit Sharing
$1,919 - $18,548  
Commission
$42,500  
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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$81,572 - $136,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$41.77 - $71.28  
   
Overtime
$48.97 - $99.59  
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$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,002 - $19,158  
   
Commission
$42,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,919 - $18,548  
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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$81,572 - $136,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 508
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Southwest Medical Associates attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $117K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $103,370

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For Experienced Physician Assistants, busy Las Vegas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Experienced Physician Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and San Antonio (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tucson. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Augusta (10 percent less) and Ann Arbor (6 percent less).

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Skills That Affect Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

Emergency Medicine
up arrow 19%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 16%

Surgery
up arrow 9%

Orthopedics
up arrow 8%

Critical Care
up arrow 7%

General Surgery
up arrow 5%

Oncology
up arrow 4%

Acute Care
up arrow 3%

Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Cardiology
up arrow 1%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 1%

pain management
0%

National Average
$103,000

Family Practice
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Internal Medicine
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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