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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
$65,800
25th Percentile Wage
$86,160
50th Percentile Wage
$101,620
75th Percentile Wage
$121,810
90th Percentile Wage
$143,400

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 $143,400. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $101,620. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid physician assistants is $65,800.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of physician assistants in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016101,6203.31%10.22%
201598,2602.19%-
201496,1103.04%-
201393,1902.10%-
201291,230--

Compare Physician Assistant Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of physician assistants in 32 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 outpatient care centers industry with an annual salary $108,650. The lowest paying industry is the offices of dentists industry (annual salary $31,920). For detailed physician assistant salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Outpatient Care Centers
$108,650
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$107,430
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$106,860
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$106,270
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$105,830
Individual and Family Services
$105,110
Social Assistance
$104,830
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$104,530
Hospitals - Privately owned
$104,530
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$104,300
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$104,290
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$103,030
Hospitals - State government owned
$102,920
Hospitals - Local government owned
$102,700
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$102,680
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$102,210
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$102,050
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$100,700
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$100,510
Offices of Physicians
$100,040
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$99,130
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$99,030
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$96,130
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$95,910
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$95,830
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$94,820
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$94,820
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$94,360
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$90,450
Home Health Care Services
$86,460
Offices of Chiropractors
$82,660
Offices of Dentists
$31,920

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].




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