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  • Physician Assistant - Cardiothoracic Surgery

    Our client, a hospital in Virginia, is looking for a physician assistant specializing in cardiothoracic surgery to begin coverage in early July.
    $78k-133k yearly est.41d ago
  • Physician Assistant

    Excellent training and onboarding opportunity with our trauma team in Reston, VA. Employment Type: Full Time OrthoVirginia, Virginia's largest provider of expert orthopedic and therapy care, is currently seeking a full-time, licensed Physician Assistant (PA) to join our team! Ability to follow instructions with little supervision Ability to maintain professional demeanor in all aspects of role Demonstrates initiative and is a motivated learner Assists in completing paperwork for patients as indicated Travels between facilities when indicated, rarely Strong customer service skills and excellent communication skills Requirements and Qualifications Completion of an accredited Physician Assistant Program. The primary work location with be in Reston, VA. You will work closely and collaboratively with 1 primary ortho trauma surgeon and a PA delivering comprehensive orthopedic trauma and musculoskeletal care.
    $89k-153k yearly est.9d ago
  • Mobile Physician Assistant (Vienna, VA)

    Maintain professional etiquette and serve as ambassadors for DispatchHealth. Our providers love working at DispatchHealth because of the high-quality care they can provide, the value of the delivery model and the appreciation of our patients. Who We Are: DispatchHealth is redefining healthcare delivery through mobile and virtual healthcare.
    $80k-144k yearly est.4d ago
  • 65D- Reserve Physician Assistant

    THE ARMY HEALTH CARE ADVANTAGE As a member of the Army health care team, you'll receive benefits that you won't be able to get in a civilian career. Challenging Work Feel inspired with great case diversity and over 40,000 visits coming into the U.S. Army medical facilities and clinics around the world every day. See and study diseases that are not usually encountered in the private sector, and work on vaccines for viruses like Zika and COVID-19 that can have a global impact. Fewer Barriers Practice medicine with fewer limitations by treating patients not on their ability to pay, but by the treatment you see necessary. The U.S. Army Medical Department is one of the few places in the world where comprehensive patient care is the top priority. Serve a Purpose Enjoy the deep satisfaction of performing an important service for your country. Make not only a profound difference in the lives of Soldiers in the Army, but in the lives of their families, friends, and the general public. THE ARMY MEDICAL COMMAND IS COMPOSED OF SIX CORPS Each Medcom Corps has a specific function that works together as a team to maintain the U.S. Army's high standards in patient care. Caucasian female Anesthesiologist providing anesthesia to patient while Caucasian male general Surgeon performs surgery in hospital operating room. ARMY MEDICAL CORPS Contains over 40 specialties, from internal medicine and neurosurgery to pathology, anesthesiology, and psychiatry. Army Medical Corps physicians practice in three main areas: Operational Medicine Clinical Medicine Research Medicine ARMY MEDICAL JOBS Caucasian male SPC Lab Technician wearing OCP holding test tubes inside a medical office. MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS The Medical Service Corps is the most diverse branch of the U.S. Army. This Corps is home to medical administrative, scientific, and provider specialties, from direct patient care to management of the U.S. Army's health service system. Disciplines include: Behavioral Sciences Health Services Laboratory Sciences Optometry Pharmacy Podiatry Preventative Medicine MEDICAL SERVICE JOBS Male Physical Therapist wearing OCP training with a male soldier wearing APFU inside during the daytime. MEDICAL SPECIALIST CORPS The Medical Specialist Corps is home to four distinct specialties: Physical Therapists Occupational Therapists Clinical Dietitians Physician Assistants MEDICAL SPECIALIST JOBS Caucasian female CPT Veterinarian wearing OCP kneeling in Veterinary office with a dog. VETERINARY CORPS The Veterinary Corps conducts and oversees all Department of Defense veterinary service activities. Army Veterinary Corps Officers are responsible for preventing contagious and zoonotic diseases, providing care to military working dogs, caring for ceremonial horses, treating family pets, and even supporting Human-Animal Bond Programs at military hospitals. Veterinary Preventative Medicine Laboratory Animal Medicine Veterinary Pathology Veterinary Comparative Medicine Veterinary Clinical Medicine VETERINARY JOBS Emergency Medical Staff examining patient wearing OCP inside an Emergency Room. ARMY NURSE CORPS The Army Nurse Corps represents more than 11,000 Soldiers dedicated to providing high-tech, quality health care for military personnel, their families, and military retirees all over the world. They support humanitarian missions and respond to natural disasters, experiences unmatched as a civilian nurse. Army nurses choose one of five specialties: Critical Care Mental Health Perioperative Emergency Trauma Gynecology/Obstetrics ARMY NURSE JOBS Female Dental Specialist and Dentist holding dental equipment with patient indoors. ARMY DENTAL CORPS The Army Dental Corps teaches more residents than any other institution in the country. It maintains modern dental facilities both in the U.S. and abroad in diverse countries. The Army's Specialty Residency Programs produce graduates regularly scoring in the top 95th percentile. The Army Dental Corps is comprised of nine specialties: Comprehensive Dentistry Oral Surgery Maxillofacial Surgery Orthodontistry Prosthodontistry General Dentistry Oral Pathology Public Health ARMY DENTAL JOBS Caucasian male ROTC Cadet wearing graduation robe standing facing Major in dress blues and family outside during the day. WE'LL HELP PAY FOR YOUR EDUCATION The Army will fund medical school for those aspiring to serve. Through the U.S. Army's Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), you can: Graduate from medical school debt-free Earn a $2,400+ monthly allowance Receive a $20,000 sign-on bonus HPSP & NURSE SCHOLARSHIPS
    $2.4k monthly60d+ ago
  • Locum Tenens Physician Assistant - Neurosurgery - $95 per hour

    Jackson and Coker is seeking a Physician Assistant Neurosurgery for a locum tenens job in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Connecting Providers and Communities to Transform Lives - Jackson & Coker is a top healthcare staffing firm with nationwide reach, specializing in locum tenens, locums-to-permanent and telehealth staffing. Jackson and Coker Job ID #94341. Neurosurgery Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner Locums Job in Virginia
    $75k-130k yearly est.1d ago
  • Emergency Physician Assistant

    Galax is less than 2 hours southwest of Roanoke and a little over 2 hours north of Charlotte, North Carolina. Experience: * Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant: 2 years (Required) * VA Physician Assistant license (Preferred) Galax, Virginia is the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Wytheville Community College at Crossroads and Averett University provide higher education to the residents of Galax. * Galax, VA 24333: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)
    $115.2k-161.3k yearly60d+ ago
  • Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant for Direct Primary Care Clinic

    Active licensure as a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant in the state of Virginia. We are seeking a highly motivated and compassionate Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant to join our team at a Direct Primary Care Clinic in Virginia.
    $111k-195k yearly est.8d ago
  • Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant - Urgentivist - Home-based Medical Care - Optum

    UnitedHealth Group offers medical, dental and vision health plans
    $74k-96k yearly est.60d+ ago
  • Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant - Part Time

    Curana Health is a *provider-led*, primary and post acute organization focused on senior living communities and senior living residents. *QUALIFICATIONS* * Valid nurse practitioner or physician assistant license in state of operations & current board certification in your field * Masters Degree in Nursing or Physician Assistant Studies
    $88k-152k yearly est.60d+ ago
  • Dermatology Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner

    Forefront Dermatology is seeking a full-time, dermatology experienced physician assistant or nurse practitioner to join an existing practice in Richmond, VA. You will be supervised by board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Hayri Sangiray, and practice alongside a very
    $95k-156k yearly est.22d ago
  • Physician Assistant - Neurological Surgery

    Our client is looking for a physician assistant specializing in neurological surgery to begin coverage immediately.
    $78k-133k yearly est.60d+ ago
  • Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant

    The Medi-Weightloss Program is evidence-based to result in a successful lifestyle change. When administering the treatment, Medi-Weightloss healthcare providers take each patient's unique health profile into account, which is what makes us The One that Works! Medi-Weightloss was developed by physicians, registered dietitians, and health professionals in the area of weight loss to help you control your calorie and carbohydrate intake while eating the optimum amount of protein to preserve muscle mass.
    $103k-161k yearly est.4d ago
  • Physician Assistant

    OrthoVirginia, Virginia's largest provider of expert orthopedic and therapy care, is currently seeking a full-time, licensed Physician Assistant (PA) to join our team! Ability to follow instructions with little supervision Ability to maintain professional demeanor in all aspects of role May or may not make hospital rounds for physicians when indicated Assists in completing paperwork for patients as indicated Travels between facilities when indicated Strong customer service skills and excellent communication skills Job Requirements Completion of an accredited Physician Assistant Program is required.
    $88k-153k yearly est.6d ago
  • Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant - Martinsville, VA 24112

    VA License Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Requirements: Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Location: Martinsville, VA 24112 Title: Family Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Full Time Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant - PA-C Position
    $102k-162k yearly est.24d ago
  • Clinical Research Physician

    to their team in Charlottesville, VA! Ability to relocate or commute to be ON-SITE in Charlottesville, VA
    $111k-194k yearly est.2d ago
  • Physician Assistant - Urgent Care

    Fairfax has something for everyone with a convenient Fairfax offers activities to impress the hobby historian, avid outdoorsman, Spectrum Healthcare Resources has an excellent opportunity for a civilian Urgent Care Physician Assistant at Fairfax Health Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
    $70k-119k yearly est.54d ago
  • Physician Strategy Sr. Professional

    Humana is seeking a Physician Strategy Sr. Professional to join our growing team. + Humana knowledge and experience The Physician Strategy Sr. Professional increases engagement and interactions. The Physician Strategy Sr. Professional work assignments involving moderately complex to complex issues where the analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors.
    $153k-275k yearly est.32d ago
  • Locum Tenens Physician Assistant - Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic Surgery - $95 per hour

    Connecting Providers and Communities to Transform Lives - Jackson & Coker is a top healthcare staffing firm with nationwide reach, specializing in locum tenens, locums-to-permanent and telehealth staffing. Cardiothoracic Surgery Physician Assistant Locums Job in Virginia Jackson and Coker Job ID #95210. Jackson and Coker is seeking a Physician Assistant Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic Surgery for a locum tenens job in Richmond, Virginia.
    $73k-126k yearly est.24d ago
  • Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner

    Physician Assistants/Nurse Practitioners work with highly motivated individuals to deliver medical and traumatic care within austere environments.
    $80k-144k yearly est.27d ago
  • Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants - M/W/F - Sterling, VA

    The IMA Group is a rapidly growing healthcare company whose mission is helping people return to work and productivity. The IMA Group has a range of job opportunities in our nationwide network to fit your preferences throughout your employment life cycle or wherever you are in your career continuum. We are hiring State Licensed Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants for our Sterling clinic to join our amazing team of providers.
    $92k-152k yearly est.60d+ ago

Average Salary For a Physician Assistant

Based on recent jobs postings on Zippia, the average salary in the U.S. for a Physician Assistant is $118,812 per year or $57 per hour. The highest paying Physician Assistant jobs have a salary over $201,000 per year while the lowest paying Physician Assistant jobs pay $70,000 per year

Updated June 5, 2023
Average Physician Assistant Salary
$116,713 yearly
$57 hourly

5 Common Career Paths For a Physician Assistant

Office Manager

Office managers oversee the entire workplace. They maintain office processes and services to ensure that everything is running well. They manage office supplies by managing inventory and procurement procedures. They also device filing systems, create needed and relevant office policies, and ensure that all the policies are being followed. As a way to make sure that the office is in top shape, office managers supervise most of the logistical aspects inside the office. They also provide support to both management teams and the rest of the employees. They often act as the bridge between the two and would sometimes even assist in the training of new employees.

Medical Officer

A Medical Officer delivers health and first-aid provisions for patients as well as prepares and maintains the paper and electronic health care records of clients. They ensure that all related equipment and supplies are suitably maintained at all times.

Clinical Coordinator

A clinical coordinator is responsible for monitoring a healthcare facility's daily operations, ensuring the best quality services for the patients. Clinical coordinators perform administrative and clerical tasks as needed, such as organizing patient files, communicating with other departments and healthcare organizations for validating patients' information and insurance documents, prepare medical reports, assist medical professionals in medical procedures, and observe sanitary and hygienic standards. A clinical coordinator must have excellent time-management skills to perform duties under minimal supervision.


Supervisors are responsible for overseeing the daily functions of employees in a specific team, department, or even a work shift. They create work schedules, organize work processes and workflows, train new hires, provide necessary reports related to the team function and the employees, monitor and evaluate employee performance, and ensure that goals of the specific team or department are met. When needed, supervisors also provide guidance to employees in terms of their career or even personal challenges. They also help in fostering harmonious work relationships by resolving interpersonal conflicts at work. To be successful in their role, they must have leadership skills, time management skills, decision-making capabilities, analytical skills, and problem-solving skills.


A clinician specializes in providing diagnosis, treatment, and direct care to patients with different illnesses. A clinician's duties mainly revolve around conducting extensive research and analysis, providing medical care through various therapies, and improving one's overall health condition. Furthermore, a clinician must obtain and analyze a patient's complete medical history, provide diagnostic tests, always monitor the effects of treatment on a patient, provide prognosis and consider the overall impact on a patient's health and well-being.

Illustrated Career Paths For a Physician Assistant

Physician Assistant Jobs FAQs

Can A Physician Assistant Make 100k?

Yes, you can make $100,000 per year as a physician assistant. The chances of earning over $100k for a physician assistant are actually pretty good because the highest-paid physician assistant positions typically pay at least $219,000 per year. The average annual salary is $130,021 for physician assistant jobs. For example, physician assistants in Vermont whose salaries are in the 90th percentile earn an average salary of $246,000.

Are Physician Assistants Happy?

Yes, physician assistants tend to be happy. There are several different factors and reasons for this, including making a positive impact on the lives of medical patients, job security and demand of the profession, and the chance to specialize in the field.

Can A Physician Assistant Be A Primary Care Provider?

Yes, a physician assistant can be a primary care provider. Physician assistants are healthcare providers who are licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician.

Physician assistants (PAs) are skilled at the level of most physicians. They can do things such as:

  • Conduct physical exams

  • Diagnose and treat illness

  • Order and interpret tests

  • Counsel on preventative measures

  • Assist in surgery

  • Write prescriptions

A physician assistant can also include education, research, and administrative work in their services.

To become a physician assistant you go through what is considered a condensed version of medical school. This explains why you can do essentially everything a doctor can do but under their supervision.

Physician assistants are beginning to be widely used in a variety of medical settings. They are versatile and cost-effective as a clinician. Having a PA as a primary care provider extends the availability to serve more patients, and meet more needs of the patients.

A growing trend shows that physician assistants will take more and more roles as primary care providers, while physicians will become more administrative, as well as the physician becoming more of the source for long-term illness and hospital care. The PA will become the face of general healthcare.

Can A Physician Assistant Become A Doctor?

Yes, it is possible for a physician assistant to become a doctor after obtaining some additional training and education. Physician assistants typically begin their careers in the same way doctors do, with a four-year science degree that provides them with the foundational science and math courses they'll need to learn medicine.

Is A Physician Assistant A Nurse?

No, a physician assistant is not a nurse. Physician assistants (PA) train using the medical model, similar to physicians, which means they focus on the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease that the patient has. Nurse practitioners train on the nursing model, which means they focus on the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of patients.

Is A Physician Assistant Above A Nurse Practitioner?

No, a physician assistant is not above a nurse practitioner. Neither medical profession is above the other.

Both are occupations in the healthcare field, but they have different educational backgrounds, perform different tasks, and hold different responsibilities. They also work in different specialties.

A physician assistant is a mid-level health care provider. A physician assistant is also called a physician associate and performs a number of different tasks in the medical field. Some of these include taking medical histories, performing examinations, diagnosing illnesses, analyzing test results, and developing management plans for the care of patients.

The majority of physician assistants work in the office of a licensed physician. They can also work in outpatient care centers, hospitals, and other general medical facilities. It typically takes two years of specific medical education to become a physician's associate or assistant.

A nurse practitioner, or NP, is a more specialized nurse role that services specific groups. NPs work directly with patients and are typically responsible for providing urgent, primary, and specialty care to a specific population of people.

This includes groups such as children, women, or geriatrics, among others. Their duties include recording and tracking patient medical histories, collecting patient samples and data, ordering lab tests, and many other direct patient tasks.

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