How Much Does A Physician Assistant Make?

Physician assistants are healthcare practitioners who work in various healthcare settings. They can diagnose and treat patients but must do so under the supervision of doctors and surgeons. They don’t need to go to medical school to practice the profession but must take a master’s degree after completing their bachelor’s degree.

Physician assistants are expected to be in high demand in the next few years which translates to a plethora of job opportunities for them. This is also an occupation that pays very well. Physician assistants who are connected with hospitals are bound to receive more compared to those who work in universities and colleges.

Physician Assistant Salary

Average Physician Assistant Annual Salary

$58,030

The average annual salary for physician assistants is $58,030 a year. Salaries start at $27,060 a year and go up to $97,120 a year.

Average Physician Assistant Hourly Wage

$27.90

The average hourly wage for a physician assistant is $27.90. Hourly wages were between $13.01 and $46.69 an hour.

Stats were based out of 60,770 employed physician assistants in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Physician Assistant

$97,120/year $46.69/hour

(Top 10% of Physician Assistants)


Senior Physician Assistant

$73,080/year $35.13/hour

(Top 25% of Physician Assistants)


Mid Level Physician Assistant

$51,850/year $24.93/hour

(Median)


Junior Physician Assistant

$37,490/year $18.03/hour

(Bottom 25% of Physician Assistants)


Entry Level Physician Assistant

$27,060/year $13.01/hour

(Bottom 10% of Physician Assistants)


Physician Assistant Average Salary Comparison

Personal Financial Advisors
$123k / year
$59 / hour
Financial Analysts
$97k / year
$46 / hour
Financial Examiners
$88k / year
$42 / hour
Credit Analysts
$81k / year
$39 / hour
Budget Analysts
$77k / year
$37 / hour
Loan Officers
$76k / year
$36 / hour
Financial Specialists, All Other
$76k / year
$36 / hour
Accountants and Auditors
$76k / year
$36 / hour
Insurance Underwriters
$75k / year
$36 / hour
Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate
$58k / year
$27 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Physician Assistants

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Physician Assistants

Physician Assistant Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 District of Columbia $45.24 $94,100
#2 California $38.30 $79,670
#3 Alaska $36.93 $76,820
#4 New Jersey $35.52 $73,880
#5 Colorado $34.48 $71,720
#6 Minnesota $33.18 $69,000
#7 Iowa $33.04 $68,720
#8 Washington $32.68 $67,970
#9 Connecticut $32.14 $66,860
#10 Massachusetts $31.98 $66,520
#11 Delaware $30.36 $63,150
#12 New Hampshire $30.23 $62,870
#13 Nevada $29.71 $61,790
#14 Wisconsin $29.62 $61,600
#15 Texas $29.62 $61,610
#16 South Dakota $28.94 $60,190
#17 Rhode Island $28.64 $59,580
#18 Hawaii $28.50 $59,280
#19 Maryland $28.25 $58,750
#20 Ohio $28.21 $58,670
#21 Virginia $27.96 $58,170
#22 New York $27.90 $58,020
#23 Illinois $27.62 $57,450
#24 Oregon $27.55 $57,310
#25 North Carolina $27.44 $57,070
#26 Pennsylvania $27.14 $56,460
#27 Wyoming $26.87 $55,890
#28 Maine $26.46 $55,040
#29 Tennessee $26.09 $54,270
#30 Arizona $25.79 $53,650
#31 Alabama $25.02 $52,040
#32 Nebraska $24.99 $51,980
#33 Missouri $24.16 $50,260
#34 Michigan $24.04 $49,990
#35 Utah $23.97 $49,860
#36 North Dakota $23.91 $49,740
#37 Georgia $23.71 $49,320
#38 Florida $23.66 $49,220
#39 Kansas $23.48 $48,840
#40 Louisiana $23.03 $47,900
#41 Oklahoma $22.96 $47,760
#42 Montana $21.82 $45,390
#43 Mississippi $21.78 $45,310
#44 South Carolina $21.54 $44,800
#45 Vermont $21.48 $44,680
#46 Idaho $21.26 $44,210
#47 Arkansas $21.25 $44,200
#48 Indiana $20.60 $42,860
#49 West Virginia $20.56 $42,760
#50 Kentucky $20.25 $42,120
#51 New Mexico $19.40 $40,350
#52 Puerto Rico $13.82 $28,750

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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