Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

An average Orthopedic Physician Assistant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $96K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $30K, respectively — total cash payment to Orthopedic Physician Assistants can bottom out near $80K or peak near $132K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women make up a slight majority of Orthopedic Physician Assistants (53 percent) survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Orthopedic Physician Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$79,330 - $124,852
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$0$130K
Salary $79,330 - $124,852
Bonus $1,939 - $19,727
Profit Sharing $4,000
Total Pay (?
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$80,144 - $130,860
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 489
Hourly Data $0$94
Hourly Rate $40.09 - $74.42
Overtime $49.61 - $94.63
Annual Data $0$130K
Bonus $1,939 - $19,727
Profit Sharing $4,000
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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$80,144 - $130,860
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 40

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Job Description for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)

An orthopedic physician assistant (PA) works in clinical environment to provide physicians with assistance related to orthopedics. They perform tasks such as applying and removing splints and casts, removing sutures, changing dressings, and performing joint aspirations. Orthopedic physician assistants often need to determine a patient's need for physical therapy and may be responsible for referrals. They frequently perform rounds on behalf of the physician and report any problems back to the physician.

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Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Tasks

  • Assist in surgery, performing actions delegated by physician to allow her/him to focus on more technical aspects of the operation.
  • Conduct hospital rounds, write orders and perform other administrative and clerical tasks as needed.
  • Perform routine outpatient procedures and surgeries including: regional anesthesia, tendon repair, incision and drainage, and wound closure and management.
  • Assist orthopedic physician in examining and diagnosing skeletal and joint problems.

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Popular Skills for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)


Orthopedic Physician Assistants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Surgery, Orthopedics, spine, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Injections. Those educated in Orthopedics tend to be well versed in Injections.

Pay by Experience Level for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)

Pay by Experience for an Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 375 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,000 based on 161 salaries. An experienced Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $115,000 based on 135 salaries. An Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 42 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $98,644

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

Home to some of the best pay for Orthopedic Physician Assistants, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Orthopedic Physician Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+10 percent), Boston (+5 percent), Anchorage (+3 percent), and New York (+2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Birmingham, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Savannah and 9 percent less in Seattle, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

▲24%

▲17%

▲8%

National Average
$99,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) Salaries

▲3%

▲1%

spine
▼0%

National Average
$99,000

Medicine / Surgery
▼3%

Injections
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 9%
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