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These Are The 10 Best Cities For Physician Assistants

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Rochester, MN
  2. Santa Fe, NM
  3. Manhattan, KS
  4. Brownsville, TX
  5. Corvallis, OR
  6. Grand Rapids, MI
  7. Yuba City, CA
  8. Asheville, NC
  9. Dover, DE
  10. Sioux Falls, SD

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.

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How we determined the best cities to be a physician assistants?




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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

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:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.

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.

1. Rochester, MN

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 290
Average Annual Salary: $115,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $93,060
Location Quotient: 3.63

2. Santa Fe, NM

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 70
Average Annual Salary: $163,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $87,270
Location Quotient: 1.57

3. Manhattan, KS

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 50
Average Annual Salary: $129,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,840
Location Quotient: 1.74

4. Brownsville, TX

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 140
Average Annual Salary: $133,580
Average Entry Level Salary: $94,690
Location Quotient: 1.42

5. Corvallis, OR

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 60
Average Annual Salary: $111,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $84,700
Location Quotient: 2.58

6. Grand Rapids, MI

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 590
Average Annual Salary: $113,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $82,930
Location Quotient: 1.59

7. Yuba City, CA

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 60
Average Annual Salary: $157,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $87,150
Location Quotient: 2.15

8. Asheville, NC

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 370
Average Annual Salary: $103,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,200
Location Quotient: 2.88

9. Dover, DE

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 70
Average Annual Salary: $121,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $87,250
Location Quotient: 1.67

10. Sioux Falls, SD

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 170
Average Annual Salary: $98,650
Average Entry Level Salary: $79,550
Location Quotient: 1.6

And that’s our list of the best cities for physician assistants

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:

  1. Jackson, MS
  2. Lafayette, LA
  3. Memphis, TN

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Physician Assistants

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Rochester, MN $115,120 $93,060 290
2 Santa Fe, NM $163,070 $87,270 70
3 Manhattan, KS $129,090 $81,840 50
4 Brownsville, TX $133,580 $94,690 140
5 Corvallis, OR $111,370 $84,700 60
6 Grand Rapids, MI $113,150 $82,930 590
7 Yuba City, CA $157,780 $87,150 60
8 Asheville, NC $103,470 $81,200 370
9 Dover, DE $121,160 $87,250 70
10 Sioux Falls, SD $98,650 $79,550 170
11 Iowa City, IA $101,320 $83,110 140
12 Saginaw, MI $119,840 $84,770 70
13 Wilmington, NC $103,850 $81,410 170
14 Dayton, OH $113,160 $85,780 310
15 Great Falls, MT $102,170 $82,540 40
16 East Stroudsburg, PA $105,330 $79,570 90
17 Oakland, CA $118,810 $95,360 1,420
18 Kalamazoo, MI $104,940 $82,200 150
19 Carbondale, IL $115,370 $76,960 80
20 Rapid City, SD $94,700 $75,120 80
21 Casper, WY $105,690 $72,130 60
22 Huntington, WV $94,930 $66,040 270
23 Medford, OR $111,210 $87,480 80
24 Cleveland, OH $108,840 $84,120 810
25 Redding, CA $127,710 $89,010 60
26 Idaho Falls, ID $134,230 $74,190 50
27 Owensboro, KY $98,890 $80,380 40
28 Bend, OR $104,660 $85,710 90
29 Olympia, WA $129,300 $102,020 70
30 The Villages, FL $103,760 $83,360 40
31 Coeur d’Alene, ID $106,550 $76,030 50
32 Fayetteville, NC $103,990 $72,520 220
33 St. Cloud, MN $106,750 $86,240 110
34 Boise City, ID $98,310 $78,330 250
35 Billings, MT $95,430 $73,920 120
36 Pocatello, ID $96,910 $65,970 50
37 Winston, NC $96,840 $80,360 420
38 Ogden, UT $132,450 $86,500 150
39 New Bern, NC $95,660 $81,910 70
40 Jackson, MI $112,240 $85,530 40
41 Lima, OH $97,000 $75,560 40
42 Portland, ME $102,890 $79,690 290
43 Cheyenne, WY $104,830 $78,000 40
44 Tyler, TX $116,690 $78,850 70
45 Burlington, VT $107,530 $81,990 130
46 Tulsa, OK $102,990 $70,580 400
47 Niles, MI $97,120 $82,330 60
48 Greenville, NC $98,970 $72,450 150
49 Anchorage, AK $112,500 $83,240 210
50 Columbus, OH $110,310 $82,770 580
51 Farmington, NM $106,520 $77,880 40
52 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY $97,700 $79,930 360
53 Santa Cruz, CA $118,480 $105,920 70
54 Yakima, WA $102,200 $79,360 100
55 Bangor, ME $99,140 $76,830 130
56 Canton, OH $115,730 $86,020 80
57 Leominster, MA $140,860 $92,880 40
58 Flint, MI $117,520 $53,780 230
59 Dover, NH $118,800 $86,270 40
60 Longview, TX $150,520 $80,100 50
61 Watertown, NY $117,130 $85,540 70
62 Cedar Rapids, IA $133,470 $79,040 80
63 Vallejo, CA $130,660 $87,900 100
64 Manchester, NH $109,700 $83,260 130
65 Lewiston, ME $99,110 $78,310 80
66 Nashua, NH $125,740 $86,890 80
67 Peoria, IL $121,520 $78,220 140
68 Fort Wayne, IN $121,480 $76,710 110
69 Hickory, NC $98,170 $74,950 170
70 New Haven, CT $114,390 $88,580 430
71 Lansing, MI $101,840 $78,660 160
72 Rome, GA $95,590 $63,760 80
73 Boulder, CO $104,480 $84,620 180
74 Barnstable Town, MA $130,330 $87,360 80
75 Portsmouth, NH $120,730 $88,530 50
76 Seattle, WA $113,730 $83,190 860
77 South Bend, IN $138,880 $80,430 40
78 Cape Coral, FL $108,360 $79,090 200
79 Wilmington, DE $105,730 $83,440 310
80 Bismarck, ND $91,100 $78,950 60
81 Lowell, MA $135,490 $113,870 40
82 Oklahoma City, OK $99,670 $61,540 690
83 Ocala, FL $111,810 $71,460 90
84 Ann Arbor, MI $101,180 $59,610 350
85 Lincoln, NE $108,310 $66,940 150
86 Chambersburg, PA $107,140 $70,300 50
87 Spokane, WA $107,800 $73,830 190
88 Clarksville, TN $97,910 $83,710 40
89 Albuquerque, NM $98,490 $70,020 350
90 Danbury, CT $115,470 $84,690 110
91 Durham, NC $93,830 $72,620 410
92 Knoxville, TN $96,490 $65,980 370
93 North Port, FL $107,860 $72,930 280
94 Tallahassee, FL $111,630 $83,360 90
95 Las Vegas, NV $137,950 $82,400 370
96 Atlanta, GA $99,450 $71,100 1,960
97 Santa Rosa, CA $140,810 $88,190 90
98 Madera, CA $105,060 $84,260 60
99 Palm Bay, FL $106,090 $74,980 180
100 Evansville, IN $134,250 $72,730 50