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

3.5k salaries reported, updated at September 18, 2021
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The average salary for a physician assistant is $73,055 per year in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Relocation assistance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Paid time off
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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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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

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 $73,055 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%

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Most common benefits for Physician Assistants

  • Relocation assistance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Vision insurance
  • Visa sponsorship
  • 403(b)
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Salary satisfaction

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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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