Physician Assistant Salary Information

The salary statistics of physician assistants are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of physician assistants within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The physician assistants annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Physician Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$66,590
25th Percentile Wage
$87,980
50th Percentile Wage
$104,860
75th Percentile Wage
$124,200
90th Percentile Wage
$146,260

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for physician assistants. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) physician assistants is $146,260. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $104,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $66,590. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 119% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of physician assistants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$104,860
3.22% 13.28%
2016
$101,480
3.25% -
2015
$98,180
2.40% -
2014
$95,820
2.97% -
2013
$92,970
2.19% -
2012
$90,930
- -

Table 2. Physician Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of physician assistants in 7 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for physician assistants occupations is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector with an annual salary $114,490. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $78,650).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$114,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$107,060
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$105,800
Health Care and Social Assistance
$104,960
Educational Services
$101,730
Federal, State, and Local Government
$96,170
Wholesale Trade
$78,650

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Physician Assistants by States

From the above tables we note that not only physician assistants salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of physician assistants in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $28,060 to $122,290. The highest paying state for physician assistants is Nevada with a median annual salary of $122,290. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $28,060. For more salary information of physician assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Nevada
$122,290
New Jersey
$118,640
Alaska
$117,960
Washington
$117,340
Connecticut
$116,550
California
$115,720
Wyoming
$115,100
District of Columbia
$112,850
Oregon
$112,690
New York
$112,020
New Hampshire
$111,560
Minnesota
$111,520
Hawaii
$111,090
New Mexico
$110,060
Massachusetts
$107,860
Maine
$106,660
Wisconsin
$106,560
Iowa
$106,220
Colorado
$104,480
Texas
$104,080
North Dakota
$104,000
Delaware
$103,870
Michigan
$103,860
Maryland
$103,630
Illinois
$103,320
Ohio
$102,740
Nebraska
$102,460
Georgia
$102,020
Montana
$101,690
Oklahoma
$100,560
Vermont
$100,060
Florida
$99,960
Kansas
$99,750
Idaho
$99,620
North Carolina
$99,240
Virginia
$99,010
Indiana
$98,960
Utah
$98,920
South Dakota
$98,310
Arizona
$98,030
Alabama
$97,270
West Virginia
$95,770
Kentucky
$95,120
Pennsylvania
$94,420
South Carolina
$94,040
Missouri
$92,380
Louisiana
$89,980
Rhode Island
$89,700
Tennessee
$88,950
Arkansas
$83,970
Mississippi
$57,730
Puerto Rico
$28,060



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