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Physician Assistant Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$178,000
$125,000
$178,000
$254,000
Physician assistants in the United States make an average salary of $178,912 per year or $86.02 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $125,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $255,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Delaware provide the highest physician assistant salaries.
Best Paying Cities
New York, NY
$178,988
Hartford, CT
$173,454
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Map of Physician Assistant Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Physician Assistants earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Physician Assistant Salary By Location

While a physician assistant can average a salary of $178,912 per year, or $86.02 per hour, there are many opportunities for physician assistants to make more. For example, in New York, NY you might make $178,988 per year. Other high-paying locations include Philadelphia, PA, Hartford, CT and Boston, MA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to New York, NY where the average starting salary is $84,000. The highest paying states for physician assistants include Rhode Island, New York and Connecticut. Meanwhile, Idaho, Washington, and South Dakota offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
New York, NY
New York, NY
$178,988
$179k
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA
$174,275
$174k
Hartford, CT
Hartford, CT
$173,454
$173k
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
$170,803
$171k
Houston, TX
Houston, TX
$168,916
$169k
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$166,074
$166k
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD
$165,661
$166k
Rochester, NH
Rochester, NH
$162,948
$163k
Huntington, WV
Huntington, WV
$161,694
$162k
Durham, NC
Durham, NC
$160,023
$160k

High Paying Physician Assistant Jobs

Average Physician Assistant Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a physician assistant, being employed by a company such as Maimonides Medical Center or St. Barnabas Hospital would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia also report highly competitive salaries for physician assistants.

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Physician Assistant Salary History

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    Physician Assistant Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a physician assistant can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Physician Assistant Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Gables Search Group
    Gables Search Group
    Physician Assistant
    Physician Assistant
    Physician Assistant
    Eureka, CA
    Eureka, CA
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $115,000
    $115,000
    10/31/2020
    Gables Search Group
    Gables Search Group
    Physician Assistant
    Physician Assistant
    Physician Assistant
    Bullhead City, AZ
    Bullhead City, AZ
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $80,000
    $80,000
    10/31/2020
    Physician Assistant
    Physician Assistant
    Bloomfield, NM
    Bloomfield, NM
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $73,003
    $73,003
    10/30/2020
    Physician Assistant
    Physician Assistant
    Tsaile, AZ
    Tsaile, AZ
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $73,003
    $73,003
    10/30/2020
    University of Utah
    University of Utah
    Physician Assistant
    Physician Assistant
    Physician Assistant
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Salt Lake City, UT
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $80,000
    $80,000
    10/28/2020
    University of Texas Medical Branch
    University of Texas Medical Branch
    Physician Assistant-Department of Dermatology
    Physician Assistant-Department of Dermatology
    Physician Assistant-Department of Dermatology
    Galveston, TX
    Galveston, TX
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $85,462
    $85,462
    10/27/2020
    Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Physician Assistant-Nocturnal
    Physician Assistant-Nocturnal
    Physician Assistant-Nocturnal
    Columbus, OH
    Columbus, OH
    10/26/2020
    10/26/2020
    $97,600
    $97,600
    10/26/2020
    Physician Assistant
    Physician Assistant
    Eureka, CA
    Eureka, CA
    10/26/2020
    10/26/2020
    $115,000
    $115,000
    10/26/2020
    Physician Assistant
    Physician Assistant
    Poplar, MT
    Poplar, MT
    10/25/2020
    10/25/2020
    $73,003
    $73,003
    10/25/2020
    Physician Assistant
    Physician Assistant
    Fort Mohave, AZ
    Fort Mohave, AZ
    10/25/2020
    10/25/2020
    $80,000
    $80,000
    10/25/2020