Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Physician Assistants, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer physician assistants the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where physician assistants get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for physician assistants.The result is this list of the best cities physician assistants:
So there you have it — Rochester is the best city when it comes to being a physician assistant.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a physician assistant? That would be Jackson.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for physician assistants and for more on the top ten cities.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best cities for physician assistants in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well physician assistants get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 297 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 297 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for physician assistants in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for physician assistants.
Total Jobs: 290
Average Annual Salary: $115,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $93,060
Location Quotient: 3.63
Total Jobs: 70
Average Annual Salary: $163,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $87,270
Location Quotient: 1.57
Total Jobs: 50
Average Annual Salary: $129,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,840
Location Quotient: 1.74
Total Jobs: 140
Average Annual Salary: $133,580
Average Entry Level Salary: $94,690
Location Quotient: 1.42
Total Jobs: 60
Average Annual Salary: $111,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $84,700
Location Quotient: 2.58
Total Jobs: 590
Average Annual Salary: $113,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $82,930
Location Quotient: 1.59
Total Jobs: 60
Average Annual Salary: $157,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $87,150
Location Quotient: 2.15
Total Jobs: 370
Average Annual Salary: $103,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,200
Location Quotient: 2.88
Total Jobs: 70
Average Annual Salary: $121,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $87,250
Location Quotient: 1.67
Total Jobs: 170
Average Annual Salary: $98,650
Average Entry Level Salary: $79,550
Location Quotient: 1.6
If you’re looking to start out your career as a physician assistant these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a physician assistant in America:
|2||Santa Fe, NM||$163,070|
|6||Grand Rapids, MI||$113,150|
|7||Yuba City, CA||$157,780|
|10||Sioux Falls, SD||$98,650|
|11||Iowa City, IA||$101,320|
|15||Great Falls, MT||$102,170|
|16||East Stroudsburg, PA||$105,330|
|20||Rapid City, SD||$94,700|
|26||Idaho Falls, ID||$134,230|
|30||The Villages, FL||$103,760|
|31||Coeur d’Alene, ID||$106,550|
|33||St. Cloud, MN||$106,750|
|34||Boise City, ID||$98,310|
|39||New Bern, NC||$95,660|
|52||Louisville/Jefferson County, KY||$97,700|
|53||Santa Cruz, CA||$118,480|
|62||Cedar Rapids, IA||$133,470|
|68||Fort Wayne, IN||$121,480|
|70||New Haven, CT||$114,390|
|74||Barnstable Town, MA||$130,330|
|77||South Bend, IN||$138,880|
|78||Cape Coral, FL||$108,360|
|82||Oklahoma City, OK||$99,670|
|84||Ann Arbor, MI||$101,180|
|93||North Port, FL||$107,860|
|95||Las Vegas, NV||$137,950|
|97||Santa Rosa, CA||$140,810|
|99||Palm Bay, FL||$106,090|