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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Physician Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$65,620
25th Percentile Wage
$86,130
50th Percentile Wage
$101,480
75th Percentile Wage
$121,420
90th Percentile Wage
$142,210

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 $142,210. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $101,480. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $65,620. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 116% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of physician assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016101,4803.25%10.40%
201598,1802.40%-
201495,8202.97%-
201392,9702.19%-
201290,930--

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 $111,520. 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
$111,520
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$106,390
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$104,680
Health Care and Social Assistance
$101,620
Educational Services
$97,470
Federal, State, and Local Government
$93,160
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 $37,460 to $118,180. The highest paying state for physician assistants is Nevada with a median annual salary of $118,180. The lowest paying state is Mississippi with a median annual salary of $37,460. For more salary information of physician assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Nevada
$118,180
Connecticut
$116,860
Washington
$113,140
California
$112,860
Alaska
$112,310
New Jersey
$110,420
New Hampshire
$109,890
Vermont
$109,510
Oregon
$108,430
Minnesota
$106,710
New York
$106,400
New Mexico
$106,240
Massachusetts
$106,030
Wyoming
$105,960
Hawaii
$104,630
District of Columbia
$103,640
Maine
$103,480
Texas
$103,040
Oklahoma
$102,340
Utah
$101,840
Delaware
$101,530
Ohio
$101,490
North Dakota
$101,330
Colorado
$100,890
Georgia
$99,240
Iowa
$99,120
Florida
$99,010
Michigan
$98,680
North Carolina
$98,670
Maryland
$98,660
Wisconsin
$98,420
Alabama
$97,680
Illinois
$97,660
Kansas
$97,660
Indiana
$97,590
South Dakota
$97,420
Montana
$96,340
Kentucky
$96,280
Nebraska
$95,920
West Virginia
$95,570
Virginia
$95,440
Arizona
$94,860
Rhode Island
$94,790
Idaho
$94,050
Louisiana
$93,800
Missouri
$93,280
South Carolina
$92,320
Pennsylvania
$91,970
Tennessee
$87,110
Arkansas
$74,490
Puerto Rico
$43,890
Mississippi
$37,460



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