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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 $122,109
Low $84,856
High $175,717
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a physician assistant is $122,109 per year in the United States. 11.6k salaries reported, updated at November 27, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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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. Palm Health Resources
    6 reviews113 salaries reported
    $159,013per year
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Highest paying cities for Physician Assistants near United States

  1. Bakersfield, CA
    $147,695 per year
    31 salaries reported
  2. Bronx, NY
    $135,538 per year
    235 salaries reported
  3. New York, NY
    $131,357 per year
    276 salaries reported
  1. Portland, OR
    $128,540 per year
    61 salaries reported
  2. Manhattan, NY
    $127,422 per year
    33 salaries reported
  3. Las Vegas, NV
    $119,741 per year
    70 salaries reported
  1. Denver, CO
    $116,518 per year
    67 salaries reported
  2. Atlanta, GA
    $116,432 per year
    49 salaries reported
  3. Grand Rapids, MI
    $100,263 per year
    9 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 license

Physician Assistant License

(earn +19.45% more)

The jobs requiring this license have increase by 3.34% since 2018. Physician Assistants with this license earn +19.45% more than the average base salary, which is $122,109 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this licenseChange from previous year
20102increase by 2
201131increase by 1450.00%
201223042increase by 74229.03%
201382203increase by 256.75%
2014111007increase by 35.04%
201564619decrease by 41.79%
201667287increase by 4.13%
201743245decrease by 35.73%
201836358decrease by 15.93%
201937572increase by 3.34%

Top companies hiring Physician Assistants on Indeed

Penn State Health
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Doylestown Hospital
First State Gastroenterology Association
Faculty Physicians Inc.
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Top certifications
DEA Certification
Top specialties

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

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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?

Nurse Practitioner

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Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

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Average $115,866 per year

Emergency Medicine Physician

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Average $125,654 per year

Family Medicine Physician

Job openings

Average $278,349 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?

If you’re unsure about what salary is appropriate for a physician assistant, visit Indeed's Salary Calculator to get a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry and experience.

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