Average Experienced Physician Assistant (PA) Salary

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The average salary for an Experienced Physician Assistant (PA) is $104,738.
MEDIAN $104,738
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$83k - $134k
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$2k - $15k
$12k - $37k
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$86k - $145k

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Job Description for Physician Assistant (PA)

The top respondents for the job title Physician Assistant (PA) are from the companies Erlanger Health Systems, V.A. Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente. Reported salaries are highest at Kaiser Permanente where the average pay is $132,500. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Family Practice Group and Mercy Medical Center, earning around $114,882 and $114,200, respectively. U.S. Army pays the lowest at around $92,879. V.A. Medical Center and Erlanger Health Systems also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $104,498 and $109,073, 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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Popular Skills for Physician Assistant (PA)

Skills in Emergency Medicine, Acute Care and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Internal Medicine and 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. An early career Physician Assistant (PA) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $91,473 based on 4,419 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. 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 11.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (11.2% more) and New York, New York (9.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (5.7% less).

Years of Experience

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