The 10 States With The Highest Physician Assistant Salaries For 2019

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. Wyoming
  2. Michigan
  3. Iowa
  4. Texas
  5. Idaho
  6. Washington
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Kansas
  9. Nebraska
  10. Minnesota

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

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for physician assistants from the 2018 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 $117230, so our index value would be:

$117,230 * (100 / 135.9) = $86,261

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 Wyoming $127,331 $116,890 91.8
2 Michigan $123,865 $110,240 89.0
3 Iowa $121,483 $110,550 91.0
4 Texas $120,826 $109,590 90.7
5 Idaho $118,447 $109,090 92.1
6 Washington $117,851 $123,980 105.2
7 Oklahoma $116,816 $104,200 89.2
8 Kansas $116,484 $104,720 89.9
9 Nebraska $116,484 $106,700 91.6
10 Minnesota $115,277 $116,200 100.8
11 Illinois $114,439 $108,260 94.6
12 Arkansas $113,983 $99,280 87.1
13 Nevada $113,117 $116,850 103.3
14 Georgia $112,899 $103,190 91.4
15 New Mexico $112,549 $108,610 96.5
16 Ohio $112,377 $105,410 93.8
17 West Virginia $111,541 $104,180 93.4
18 Wisconsin $111,487 $107,920 96.8
19 North Carolina $111,480 $104,680 93.9
20 Utah $110,440 $102,710 93.0
21 North Dakota $107,987 $107,340 99.4
22 Florida $107,761 $105,930 98.3
23 Indiana $107,363 $96,090 89.5
24 Montana $105,287 $106,130 100.8
25 South Carolina $104,546 $103,710 99.2
26 Missouri $104,513 $94,480 90.4
27 Delaware $103,846 $105,300 101.4
28 Arizona $103,663 $101,590 98.0
29 Alabama $101,842 $92,880 91.2
30 Kentucky $100,563 $91,010 90.5
31 Maine $99,305 $110,030 110.8
32 South Dakota $99,161 $102,830 103.7
33 Colorado $99,007 $102,770 103.8
34 Virginia $98,551 $99,340 100.8
35 Connecticut $98,363 $125,610 127.7
36 Oregon $98,243 $113,570 115.6
37 Tennessee $98,098 $87,700 89.4
38 Pennsylvania $97,149 $98,510 101.4
39 New Jersey $95,381 $116,270 121.9
40 New Hampshire $94,940 $111,080 117.0
41 Mississippi $94,447 $81,130 85.9
42 Alaska $93,257 $122,260 131.1
43 Louisiana $90,706 $85,990 94.8
44 New York $89,312 $117,000 131.0
45 Vermont $87,960 $106,520 121.1
46 California $86,261 $117,230 135.9
47 Maryland $86,199 $108,180 125.5
48 Rhode Island $85,923 $103,710 120.7
49 Massachusetts $81,484 $108,700 133.4
50 Hawaii $72,138 $121,120 167.9
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