Physician Assistants are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as physician assistants in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since physician assistants are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where physician assistants have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for physician assistants.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s physician assistants:
So there you have it — Physician Assistants is the best of the best when it comes to being a physician assistant.
How did Physician Assistants end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for physician assistants and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
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 states 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 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for physician assistants in California is $110,860 and the average salary in Illinois is $98,670, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for physician assistants in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for physician assistants.
Total Jobs: 220
Average Annual Salary: $110,450
Average Entry Level Salary: $84,490
Average Experienced Salary: $152,020
Location Quotient: 1.08
Total Jobs: 1,440
Average Annual Salary: $102,580
Average Entry Level Salary: $64,150
Average Experienced Salary: $146,380
Location Quotient: 1.23
Total Jobs: 250
Average Annual Salary: $114,810
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,040
Average Experienced Salary: $187,320
Location Quotient: 0.78
Total Jobs: 1,000
Average Annual Salary: $105,690
Average Entry Level Salary: $71,820
Average Experienced Salary: $151,770
Location Quotient: 0.98
Total Jobs: 540
Average Annual Salary: $128,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $87,400
Average Experienced Salary: $166,030
Location Quotient: 0.57
Total Jobs: 4,480
Average Annual Salary: $100,480
Average Entry Level Salary: $76,020
Average Experienced Salary: $129,630
Location Quotient: 1.43
Total Jobs: 3,770
Average Annual Salary: $99,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $68,830
Average Experienced Salary: $135,340
Location Quotient: 1.21
Total Jobs: 2,330
Average Annual Salary: $113,900
Average Entry Level Salary: $82,650
Average Experienced Salary: $155,740
Location Quotient: 1.02
Total Jobs: 1,000
Average Annual Salary: $100,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $75,100
Average Experienced Salary: $141,160
Location Quotient: 0.72
Total Jobs: 3,180
Average Annual Salary: $104,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $76,040
Average Experienced Salary: $140,180
Location Quotient: 0.8
If you’re looking to start out your career as a physician assistant these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
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