The 10 Best States For Physician Assistants In 2019

Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Wyoming
  2. Nebraska
  3. Michigan
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Idaho
  6. Iowa
  7. North Carolina
  8. Washington
  9. West Virginia
  10. Kansas

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:

How we determined the best states to be a physician assistant

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
  • Higher Pay

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 2018:

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

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 $117,230 and the average salary in Illinois is $108,260, 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.

1. Wyoming

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 220
Average Annual Salary: $116,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $83,770
Average Experienced Salary: $158,810
Location Quotient: 1.01

2. Nebraska

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,190
Average Annual Salary: $106,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $76,120
Average Experienced Salary: $149,820
Location Quotient: 1.53

3. Michigan

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,490
Average Annual Salary: $110,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $84,950
Average Experienced Salary: $136,840
Location Quotient: 1.31

4. Oklahoma

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,390
Average Annual Salary: $104,200
Average Entry Level Salary: $69,370
Average Experienced Salary: $147,730
Location Quotient: 1.1

5. Idaho

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 730
Average Annual Salary: $109,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $70,300
Average Experienced Salary: $151,430
Location Quotient: 1.3

6. Iowa

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,000
Average Annual Salary: $110,550
Average Entry Level Salary: $82,720
Average Experienced Salary: $148,280
Location Quotient: 0.81

7. North Carolina

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,010
Average Annual Salary: $104,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,010
Average Experienced Salary: $139,760
Location Quotient: 1.44

8. Washington

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,470
Average Annual Salary: $123,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $88,150
Average Experienced Salary: $160,880
Location Quotient: 0.96

9. West Virginia

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 770
Average Annual Salary: $104,180
Average Entry Level Salary: $70,080
Average Experienced Salary: $148,340
Location Quotient: 1.39

10. Kansas

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,040
Average Annual Salary: $104,720
Average Entry Level Salary: $77,920
Average Experienced Salary: $132,890
Location Quotient: 0.96

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Physician Assistant

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.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a physician assistant in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Rhode Island
  3. California

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For physician assistants

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Wyoming $116,890 $83,770 220
2 Nebraska $106,700 $76,120 1,190
3 Michigan $110,240 $84,950 4,490
4 Oklahoma $104,200 $69,370 1,390
5 Idaho $109,090 $70,300 730
6 Iowa $110,550 $82,720 1,000
7 North Carolina $104,680 $81,010 5,010
8 Washington $123,980 $88,150 2,470
9 West Virginia $104,180 $70,080 770
10 Kansas $104,720 $77,920 1,040
11 Minnesota $116,200 $85,890 1,980
12 Ohio $105,410 $72,320 4,430
13 New Mexico $108,610 $80,990 680
14 Texas $109,590 $59,780 7,930
15 Georgia $103,190 $62,590 3,470
16 Montana $106,130 $74,860 630
17 Nevada $116,850 $84,820 650
18 Wisconsin $107,920 $78,100 2,020
19 South Dakota $102,830 $84,560 540
20 Utah $102,710 $69,560 1,090
21 Maine $110,030 $86,210 720
22 Delaware $105,300 $75,980 500
23 Florida $105,930 $56,980 6,040
24 Arkansas $99,280 $43,770 530
25 North Dakota $107,340 $84,090 260
26 Illinois $108,260 $73,160 2,670
27 Connecticut $125,610 $90,990 2,300
28 Colorado $102,770 $63,740 3,190
29 Arizona $101,590 $41,720 2,100
30 Alaska $122,260 $83,400 520
31 Pennsylvania $98,510 $67,580 6,650
32 Oregon $113,570 $82,200 1,530
33 Indiana $96,090 $51,030 1,550
34 New York $117,000 $87,820 12,060
35 South Carolina $103,710 $37,030 1,430
36 New Hampshire $111,080 $84,920 710
37 Missouri $94,480 $35,460 1,070
38 Virginia $99,340 $67,420 2,510
39 Vermont $106,520 $81,130 290
40 Alabama $92,880 $31,120 750
41 Maryland $108,180 $61,950 3,040
42 Tennessee $87,700 $35,710 2,010
43 New Jersey $116,270 $32,850 2,810
44 Kentucky $91,010 $32,680 1,070
45 Massachusetts $108,700 $51,610 3,720
46 Louisiana $85,990 $40,900 1,060
47 Mississippi $81,130 $29,990 200
48 California $117,230 $67,910 10,520
49 Rhode Island $103,710 $69,280 260
50 Hawaii $121,120 $67,500 320
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