Physician Assistant Salary

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How Much Do Physician Assistants Make?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that physician assistants make a median annual income of $121,530 or $58 per hour. The lowest 10% of physician assistants earned less than $77,940 and the highest 10% earned more than $164,620.

Do Physician Assistants Get Paid Well?

Physician Assistants are paid well—they earn more than the average worker in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for physician assistants is $121,530 per year. This is 189% more than the average salary for all occupations, which is $45,760.

How Much Do Physician Assistants Make Starting Out?

The BLS does not provide average compensation data for entry-level positions for physician assistants just starting out, but the bottom 25% of physician assistants earn $99,880 each year according to the BLS.

How Many Physician Assistants Are There In The United States?  

In 2021, there were 129,400 physician assistants in the United States. The BLS predicts the number of physician assistants will increase by 31%, approximately 40,100 jobs, by 2030.

Where Can Physician Assistants Earn The Most?

Physician Assistants' salaries depend on location and work setting. According to the BLS, physician assistants earn the most in the following industries: offices of physicians, general medical and surgical hospitals and outpatient care centers. The metropolitan areas with the highest pay for physician assistants are:

  1. Portsmouth, NH-ME - $167,240
  2. Panama City, FL - $165,000
  3. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - $164,150

How Much Do Physician Assistants Earn In Each State?

The table below compares physician assistants salaries across states and U.S. territories (Source: BLS Occupational Employment and Wages May 2020). You can also find data for the number of physician assistants in each state as well as the number of physician assistants per 1,000 jobs—a figure that can help you determine the job's popularity in a given location. Not all locations have salary and employment statistics.

Physician Assistant Salary
Location
Annual Salary
in location
Employment
In location
Employment per 1,000 jobs
South Carolina
$99,820
1530
0.757
Louisiana
$96,420
1070
0.594
Alabama
$92,620
680
0.356
Guam
$90,890
30
0.514
Kentucky
$88,700
1070
0.598
Mississippi
$85,200
290
0.266
Connecticut
$140,340
2310
1.499
New Jersey
$137,160
2350
0.621
Nevada
$134,120
880
0.704
Alaska
$133,550
430
1.440
California
$129,950
11490
0.699
Washington
$128,890
2780
0.870
New York
$124,690
13760
1.584
Rhode Island
$123,860
220
0.487
Minnesota
$123,390
2570
0.947
New Mexico
$122,390
720
0.920
Vermont
$121,020
260
0.909
New Hampshire
$119,120
620
1.001
Montana
$118,760
650
1.419
Massachusetts
$118,660
3650
1.091
Oklahoma
$118,370
1510
0.969
Wisconsin
$118,240
2580
0.953
Wyoming
$117,340
250
0.941
Oregon
$117,070
1550
0.856
North Dakota
$116,890
250
0.616
District of Columbia
$116,320
500
0.730
Iowa
$116,300
940
0.638
Maryland
$116,220
2930
1.162
Arizona
$115,970
2510
0.887
Maine
$115,840
830
1.442
Hawaii
$115,120
300
0.515
Texas
$113,420
8990
0.743
Michigan
$111,600
4350
1.109
Idaho
$111,570
790
1.098
North Carolina
$111,140
6140
1.432
Florida
$110,210
7310
0.866
Nebraska
$110,120
1150
1.216
Colorado
$109,310
3080
1.194
Ohio
$109,190
4440
0.864
Delaware
$108,870
440
1.033
Virginia
$108,260
2490
0.672
Illinois
$108,040
3160
0.562
South Dakota
$107,940
510
1.236
Utah
$107,340
1100
0.738
Pennsylvania
$106,810
7300
1.324
Kansas
$106,120
1030
0.777
Indiana
$105,540
1650
0.564
Arkansas
$104,850
580
0.491
West Virginia
$104,750
920
1.417
Georgia
$104,090
5080
1.180
Missouri
$101,180
1240
0.462
Tennessee
$100,740
2080
0.715