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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 $122,290, Nevada is the highest paying state for physician assistants. It is followed by New Jersey (average annual salary $118,640). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [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
$122,290
$89,430 570
2 New Jersey
$118,640
$87,230 2,300
3 Alaska
$117,960
$75,120 510
4 Washington
$117,340
$85,520 2,310
5 Connecticut
$116,550
$86,610 1,910
6 California
$115,720
$60,830 11,110
7 Wyoming
$115,100
$86,590 220
8 District of Columbia
$112,850
$60,140 500
9 Oregon
$112,690
$75,760 1,230
10 New York
$112,020
$85,360 12,150
11 New Hampshire
$111,560
$85,300 710
12 Minnesota
$111,520
$84,310 2,100
13 Hawaii
$111,090
$64,290 330
14 New Mexico
$110,060
$67,260 670
15 Massachusetts
$107,860
$57,050 3,050
16 Maine
$106,660
$85,180 790
17 Wisconsin
$106,560
$67,990 1,920
18 Iowa
$106,220
$81,800 1,030
19 Colorado
$104,480
$69,800 3,180
20 Texas
$104,080
$36,010 7,150
21 North Dakota
$104,000
$81,650 290
22 Delaware
$103,870
$81,160 470
23 Michigan
$103,860
$71,870 4,780
24 Maryland
$103,630
$58,770 3,010
25 Illinois
$103,320
$70,010 2,720
26 Ohio
$102,740
$72,350 3,050
27 Nebraska
$102,460
$72,990 1,170
28 Georgia
$102,020
$71,070 3,900
29 Montana
$101,690
$70,280 570
30 Oklahoma
$100,560
$56,790 1,240
31 Vermont
$100,060
$74,880 240
32 Florida
$99,960
$63,910 5,740
33 Kansas
$99,750
$74,130 970
34 Idaho
$99,620
$69,360 540
35 North Carolina
$99,240
$76,600 4,510
36 Virginia
$99,010
$67,890 2,600
37 Indiana
$98,960
$46,370 1,300
38 Utah
$98,920
$74,250 1,180
39 South Dakota
$98,310
$81,630 590
40 Arizona
$98,030
$32,880 2,340
41 Alabama
$97,270
$64,730 720
42 West Virginia
$95,770
$64,360 660
43 Kentucky
$95,120
$71,000 960
44 Pennsylvania
$94,420
$66,860 6,080
45 South Carolina
$94,040
$36,610 1,330
46 Missouri
$92,380
$34,680 990
47 Louisiana
$89,980
$40,080 910
48 Rhode Island
$89,700
$67,900 240
49 Tennessee
$88,950
$34,870 1,610
50 Arkansas
$83,970
$32,720 500
51 Mississippi
$57,730
$27,980 250
52 Puerto Rico
$28,060
$16,770 50
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