These Are The 10 Highest Physician Assistant Salaries By State

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do physician assistants get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for physician assistants by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for physician assistants by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for physician assistants after this adjustment? That would be Physician Assistants.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Nevada
  2. Wyoming
  3. North Dakota
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Utah
  6. Iowa
  7. Indiana
  8. Ohio
  9. Kentucky
  10. Georgia

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for physician assistants from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $110860, so our index value would be:

$110,860 * (100 / 135.9) = $81,574

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for physician assistants.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Physician Assistant Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Nevada $124,269 $128,370 103.3
2 Wyoming $120,315 $110,450 91.8
3 North Dakota $115,503 $114,810 99.4
4 Oklahoma $114,999 $102,580 89.2
5 Utah $113,645 $105,690 93.0
6 Iowa $112,736 $102,590 91.0
7 Indiana $112,122 $100,350 89.5
8 Ohio $111,599 $104,680 93.8
9 Kentucky $110,917 $100,380 90.5
10 Georgia $108,884 $99,520 91.4
11 Kansas $108,364 $97,420 89.9
12 Washington $108,269 $113,900 105.2
13 Michigan $108,258 $96,350 89.0
14 New Mexico $107,575 $103,810 96.5
15 Texas $107,409 $97,420 90.7
16 North Carolina $107,007 $100,480 93.9
17 Nebraska $106,997 $98,010 91.6
18 Alabama $106,907 $97,500 91.2
19 Minnesota $106,815 $107,670 100.8
20 Idaho $106,558 $98,140 92.1
21 West Virginia $106,092 $99,090 93.4
22 Missouri $105,254 $95,150 90.4
23 Florida $104,984 $103,200 98.3
24 Illinois $104,302 $98,670 94.6
25 Delaware $102,120 $103,550 101.4
26 Wisconsin $100,010 $96,810 96.8
27 Louisiana $97,647 $92,570 94.8
28 Montana $96,755 $97,530 100.8
29 Colorado $96,473 $100,140 103.8
30 New Hampshire $96,299 $112,670 117.0
31 Tennessee $95,659 $85,520 89.4
32 South Dakota $95,650 $99,190 103.7
33 Oregon $95,423 $110,310 115.6
34 Vermont $94,426 $114,350 121.1
35 Maine $94,332 $104,520 110.8
36 Virginia $94,057 $94,810 100.8
37 South Carolina $93,104 $92,360 99.2
38 Pennsylvania $91,577 $92,860 101.4
39 Connecticut $91,362 $116,670 127.7
40 Arizona $91,173 $89,350 98.0
41 New Jersey $91,017 $110,950 121.9
42 Alaska $86,086 $112,860 131.1
43 Rhode Island $85,782 $103,540 120.7
44 Arkansas $83,938 $73,110 87.1
45 New York $81,702 $107,030 131.0
46 California $81,574 $110,860 135.9
47 Massachusetts $79,625 $106,220 133.4
48 Maryland $76,581 $96,110 125.5
49 Mississippi $71,047 $61,030 85.9
50 Hawaii $67,802 $113,840 167.9
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