Average Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

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The average salary for a Physician Assistant (PA) is $93,948.
MEDIAN $93,948
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$76k - $121k
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$2k - $15k
$4k - $41k
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$78k - $133k

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Job Description for Physician Assistant (PA)

Physician Assistant (PA) Tasks
  • Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel patients
  • Administer therapeutic procedures
  • Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures
  • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval
  • Order and interpret test results and recommend treatment of patients
The top respondents for the job title Physician Assistant (PA) are from the companies Kaiser Permanente, The Veterans Administration (United States) and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Reported salaries are highest at Kaiser Permanente where the average pay is $130,064. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Northwell Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital, earning around $105,000 and $99,353, respectively. Geisinger Health Systems pays the lowest at around $91,489. U.S. Army and The Veterans Administration (United States) also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $94,417 and $96,009, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Physician Assistant (PA). Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
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Popular Skills for Physician Assistant (PA)

Skills in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Acute Care and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Family Practice.

Pay by Experience Level for Physician Assistant (PA)

An entry-level Physician Assistant (PA) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $86,963 based on 2,231 salaries. An early career Physician Assistant (PA) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $91,371 based on 4,446 salaries. A mid-career Physician Assistant (PA) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $98,683 based on 2,419 salaries. An experienced Physician Assistant (PA) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $103,936 based on 2,956 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $105,020.
Employees with Physician Assistant (PA) in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 11.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (7.2% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (3.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (2.0% less) and Denver, Colorado (2.0% less).

Years of Experience

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