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Highest Paying Industries for Physician Assistants

The top 60 highest paying industries for physician assistants (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $138,620, management, scientific, and technical consulting services is the highest paying industry for physician assistants. It is followed by temporary help services industry (average annual salary $109,100). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of physician assistants in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 60 Highest Paying Industries for Physician Assistants

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$138,620
40
2 Temporary Help Services
$109,100
n/a
3 Employment Services
$107,800
n/a
4 Administrative and Support Services
$106,730
n/a
5 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$106,730
n/a
6 Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$105,830
30
7 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$105,320
860
8 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$103,520
250
9 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$103,070
790
10 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$102,760
540
11 Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$102,520
40
12 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$101,140
1,200
13 Outpatient Care Centers
$100,750
6,520
14 Home Health Care Services
$100,350
90
15 Hospitals - Privately owned
$99,660
17,910
16 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$99,650
17,240
17 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$99,360
20,800
18 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$99,300
19,810
19 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$97,590
410
20 Hospitals - Local government owned
$97,420
1,980
21 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$97,400
1,970
22 Hospitals - State government owned
$97,330
900
23 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$96,310
220
24 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$96,190
130
25 Health Care and Social Assistance
$96,110
83,150
26 Scientific Research and Development Services
$96,030
340
27 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$96,020
80
28 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$95,760
2,400
29 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$95,270
590
30 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$95,070
62,200
31 Offices of Physicians
$94,670
53,280
32 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$94,610
360
33 Educational Services - Privately owned
$93,930
970
34 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$93,880
970
35 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$93,520
100
36 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$93,220
250
37 State government, including schools and hospitals
$92,870
2,620
38 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$92,660
130
39 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$92,360
200
40 All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$92,270
240
41 Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$92,270
240
42 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$91,810
310
43 Educational Services
$91,740
2,340
44 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$91,690
2,330
45 Social Assistance
$91,390
50
46 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$91,370
60
47 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$91,360
7,310
48 Federal government, including USPS
$90,340
2,290
49 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$90,340
2,290
50 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$90,340
3,040
51 Federal, State, and Local Government
$90,340
3,040
52 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$90,120
1,360
53 Educational Services - State government owned
$90,120
1,360
54 Individual and Family Services
$89,990
40
55 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$89,030
400
56 Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$85,870
40
57 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$85,870
40
58 Offices of Chiropractors
$80,160
140
59 Offices of Optometrists
$37,070
40
60 Offices of Dentists
$31,500
n/a
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