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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of physician assistants from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
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|
|New Jersey|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|New York|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |