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Physician Assistant Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

The salary statistics of physician assistants in the industry sector of health care and social assistance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare physician assistant salaries in different industries within the health care and social assistance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Physician Assistants

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$66,550
25th Percentile Wage
$87,940
50th Percentile Wage
$104,960
75th Percentile Wage
$124,560
90th Percentile Wage
$147,300

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physician assistants in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) physician assistants is $147,300. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $104,960. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid physician assistants is $66,550.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of physician assistants in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$104,960
3.18% 13.08%
2016
$101,620
3.31% -
2015
$98,260
2.19% -
2014
$96,110
3.04% -
2013
$93,190
2.10% -
2012
$91,230
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Compare Physician Assistant Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of physician assistants in 35 industries in the health care and social assistance sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for physician assistant occupations is the specialty hospitals - privately owned industry with an annual salary $112,680. The lowest paying industry is the offices of dentists industry (annual salary $38,510). For detailed physician assistant salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$112,680
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$111,760
Outpatient Care Centers
$111,740
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$110,180
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$109,470
Individual and Family Services
$109,110
Hospitals - Privately owned
$108,690
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$108,570
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$108,250
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$108,160
Social Assistance
$107,660
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$107,270
Hospitals - State government owned
$106,710
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$105,560
Hospitals - Local government owned
$104,280
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$104,250
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$104,230
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$103,720
Offices of Physicians
$102,890
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$102,460
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$102,050
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$101,040
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$101,040
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$100,090
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$99,390
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$99,000
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$98,200
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$97,950
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$97,850
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$97,120
Home Health Care Services
$94,810
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$90,260
Offices of Chiropractors
$84,550
Offices of Optometrists
$39,070
Offices of Dentists
$38,510

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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