These Are The 10 Best States For Physician Assistants

Chris Kolmar
by 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. Oklahoma
  3. North Dakota
  4. Utah
  5. Nevada
  6. North Carolina
  7. Georgia
  8. Washington
  9. Kentucky
  10. Ohio

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 youÂ’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

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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 2016:

  • 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 $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.

1. Wyoming

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 220
Average Annual Salary: $110,450
Average Entry Level Salary: $84,490
Average Experienced Salary: $152,020
Location Quotient: 1.08

2. Oklahoma

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,440
Average Annual Salary: $102,580
Average Entry Level Salary: $64,150
Average Experienced Salary: $146,380
Location Quotient: 1.23

3. North Dakota

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 250
Average Annual Salary: $114,810
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,040
Average Experienced Salary: $187,320
Location Quotient: 0.78

4. Utah

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,000
Average Annual Salary: $105,690
Average Entry Level Salary: $71,820
Average Experienced Salary: $151,770
Location Quotient: 0.98

5. Nevada

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 540
Average Annual Salary: $128,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $87,400
Average Experienced Salary: $166,030
Location Quotient: 0.57

6. North Carolina

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,480
Average Annual Salary: $100,480
Average Entry Level Salary: $76,020
Average Experienced Salary: $129,630
Location Quotient: 1.43

7. Georgia

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,770
Average Annual Salary: $99,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $68,830
Average Experienced Salary: $135,340
Location Quotient: 1.21

8. Washington

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,330
Average Annual Salary: $113,900
Average Entry Level Salary: $82,650
Average Experienced Salary: $155,740
Location Quotient: 1.02

9. Kentucky

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,000
Average Annual Salary: $100,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $75,100
Average Experienced Salary: $141,160
Location Quotient: 0.72

10. Ohio

Best States For Physician Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,180
Average Annual Salary: $104,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $76,040
Average Experienced Salary: $140,180
Location Quotient: 0.8

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. Mississippi
  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 $110,450 $84,490 220
2 Oklahoma $102,580 $64,150 1,440
3 North Dakota $114,810 $81,040 250
4 Utah $105,690 $71,820 1,000
5 Nevada $128,370 $87,400 540
6 North Carolina $100,480 $76,020 4,480
7 Georgia $99,520 $68,830 3,770
8 Washington $113,900 $82,650 2,330
9 Kentucky $100,380 $75,100 1,000
10 Ohio $104,680 $76,040 3,180
11 Kansas $97,420 $69,990 1,050
12 Iowa $102,590 $62,920 1,090
13 Michigan $96,350 $41,310 4,550
14 Nebraska $98,010 $68,510 940
15 Delaware $103,550 $78,620 440
16 New Mexico $103,810 $70,330 710
17 Indiana $100,350 $68,950 1,090
18 West Virginia $99,090 $61,310 730
19 Minnesota $107,670 $83,630 1,910
20 Idaho $98,140 $68,270 550
21 Florida $103,200 $71,850 5,290
22 South Dakota $99,190 $80,860 520
23 Maine $104,520 $78,990 800
24 Montana $97,530 $71,630 480
25 New Hampshire $112,670 $83,530 600
26 Vermont $114,350 $82,580 320
27 Colorado $100,140 $69,900 2,850
28 Alabama $97,500 $43,790 700
29 Connecticut $116,670 $88,500 1,900
30 Texas $97,420 $38,120 6,650
31 Missouri $95,150 $33,760 1,010
32 Oregon $110,310 $79,550 1,230
33 Wisconsin $96,810 $63,460 1,740
34 Pennsylvania $92,860 $61,010 5,550
35 Illinois $98,670 $55,030 2,850
36 Alaska $112,860 $75,890 430
37 New York $107,030 $82,110 12,080
38 Louisiana $92,570 $43,300 570
39 Tennessee $85,520 $49,670 1,570
40 Arizona $89,350 $33,880 2,460
41 Virginia $94,810 $61,270 2,450
42 New Jersey $110,950 $81,670 2,350
43 Rhode Island $103,540 $67,240 290
44 South Carolina $92,360 $38,590 1,250
45 Arkansas $73,110 $28,060 580
46 Maryland $96,110 $40,300 2,740
47 Massachusetts $106,220 $60,870 2,620
48 California $110,860 $58,940 10,090
49 Mississippi $61,030 $27,140 190
50 Hawaii $113,840 $67,080 260
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