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Physician assistant salary in United States

How much does a Physician Assistant make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $114,490
Low $81,016
High $161,794
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a physician assistant is $114,490 per year in the United States. 5k salaries reported, updated at September 13, 2022

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer year
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Physician Assistants in United States

  1. WorkFit Medical
    49 reviews39 salaries reported
    $208,312per year
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Highest paying cities for Physician Assistants near United States

  1. Brooklyn, NY
    $120,799 per year
    68 salaries reported
  2. Bronx, NY
    $120,624 per year
    42 salaries reported
  3. New York, NY
    $118,803 per year
    89 salaries reported
  1. Phoenix, AZ
    $112,999 per year
    50 salaries reported
  2. Dallas, TX
    $112,957 per year
    31 salaries reported
  3. Chicago, IL
    $110,360 per year
    41 salaries reported
  1. Raleigh, NC
    $110,025 per year
    7 salaries reported
  2. Las Vegas, NV
    $109,865 per year
    18 salaries reported
  3. Houston, TX
    $104,182 per year
    73 salaries reported
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Where can a Physician Assistant earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Physician Assistants

Most recommended certification

DEA Certification(earn +21.78% more)

The jobs requiring this certification have decrease by 3.99% since 2018. Physician Assistants with this certification earn +21.78% more than the average base salary, which is $114,490 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this certificationChange from previous year
201114increase by 14
20125661increase by 40335.71%
201322687increase by 300.76%
201435847increase by 58.01%
201535127decrease by 2.01%
201648714increase by 38.68%
201732112decrease by 34.08%
201815006decrease by 53.27%
201914408decrease by 3.99%

Top companies hiring Physician Assistants with the recommended certification

UC Davis
Baptist Health South Florida
Remote Medical International
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
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Top specialties
Top licenses
Physician Assistant License

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top CertificationsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
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Most common benefits for Physician Assistants

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • 403(b)
  • AD&D insurance
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Loan repayment program
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Profit sharing
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Travel reimbursement
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness program
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 228 ratings

64% of Physician Assistants in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

319,755 job openings

Average $106,130 per year

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Common questions about salaries for a Physician Assistant

As a physician assistant, how can I know if I am being paid fairly?

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