Average Early-Career Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

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The average salary for an Early-Career Physician Assistant (PA) is $91,473.
MEDIAN $91,473
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$74k - $113k
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$3k - $15k
$7k - $35k
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$76k - $123k

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Job Description for Physician Assistant (PA)

The top respondents for the job title Physician Assistant (PA) are from the companies Kaiser Permanente, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital. Reported salaries are highest at Kaiser Permanente where the average pay is $123,070. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Duke University and Mount Sinai Hospital, earning around $106,198 and $100,579, respectively. The Veterans Administration (United States) pays the lowest at around $82,737. Geisinger Health Systems and Brigham and Women's Hospital also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $89,478 and $99,353, 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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Orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA)
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Cardiothoracic Physician Assistant
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Popular Skills for Physician Assistant (PA)

Skills in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Surgery 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 $87,211 based on 2,204 salaries. A mid-career Physician Assistant (PA) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $99,069 based on 2,399 salaries. An experienced Physician Assistant (PA) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $104,738 based on 2,941 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $105,544.
Employees with Physician Assistant (PA) in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 12.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (6.3% more) and New York, New York (5.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (1.3% less) and Denver, Colorado (0.7% less).

Years of Experience

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