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Highest Paying States for Physician Assistants

The highest paying states 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 of physician assistants in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $118,180, Nevada is the highest paying state for physician assistants. It is followed by Connecticut (average annual salary $116,860). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of physician assistants in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Physician Assistants

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Nevada
$118,180
$87,400 540
2 Connecticut
$116,860
$88,500 1,900
3 Washington
$113,140
$82,650 2,330
4 California
$112,860
$58,940 10,090
5 Alaska
$112,310
$75,890 430
6 New Jersey
$110,420
$81,670 2,350
7 New Hampshire
$109,890
$83,530 600
8 Vermont
$109,510
$82,580 320
9 Oregon
$108,430
$79,550 1,230
10 Minnesota
$106,710
$83,630 1,910
11 New York
$106,400
$82,110 12,080
12 New Mexico
$106,240
$70,330 710
13 Massachusetts
$106,030
$60,870 2,620
14 Wyoming
$105,960
$84,490 220
15 Hawaii
$104,630
$67,080 260
16 District of Columbia
$103,640
$56,770 410
17 Maine
$103,480
$78,990 800
18 Texas
$103,040
$38,120 6,650
19 Oklahoma
$102,340
$64,150 1,440
20 Utah
$101,840
$71,820 1,000
21 Delaware
$101,530
$78,620 440
22 Ohio
$101,490
$76,040 3,180
23 North Dakota
$101,330
$81,040 250
24 Colorado
$100,890
$69,900 2,850
25 Georgia
$99,240
$68,830 3,770
26 Iowa
$99,120
$62,920 1,090
27 Florida
$99,010
$71,850 5,290
28 Michigan
$98,680
$41,310 4,550
29 North Carolina
$98,670
$76,020 4,480
30 Maryland
$98,660
$40,300 2,740
31 Wisconsin
$98,420
$63,460 1,740
32 Alabama
$97,680
$43,790 700
33 Illinois
$97,660
$55,030 2,850
34 Kansas
$97,660
$69,990 1,050
35 Indiana
$97,590
$68,950 1,090
36 South Dakota
$97,420
$80,860 520
37 Montana
$96,340
$71,630 480
38 Kentucky
$96,280
$75,100 1,000
39 Nebraska
$95,920
$68,510 940
40 West Virginia
$95,570
$61,310 730
41 Virginia
$95,440
$61,270 2,450
42 Arizona
$94,860
$33,880 2,460
43 Rhode Island
$94,790
$67,240 290
44 Idaho
$94,050
$68,270 550
45 Louisiana
$93,800
$43,300 570
46 Missouri
$93,280
$33,760 1,010
47 South Carolina
$92,320
$38,590 1,250
48 Pennsylvania
$91,970
$61,010 5,550
49 Tennessee
$87,110
$49,670 1,570
50 Arkansas
$74,490
$28,060 580
51 Puerto Rico
$43,890
$30,040 0
52 Mississippi
$37,460
$27,140 190
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