How Much Do Physician Assistants Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$116080 per year
Hourly wage
$56 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$76,700 to $95,730 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$37 to $46 per hour

Entry-level Physician Assistants with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $76,700 to $95,730 per year or $37 to $46 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Physician Assistants to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $78 $162,470
Senior (Top 25%) $65 $135,220
Middle (Mid 50%) $55 $115,390
Junior (Bottom 25%) $46 $95,730
No experience (Bottom 10%) $37 $76,700

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AK $72 $150,430
CT $70 $146,110
RI $65 $135,800
CA $65 $135,180
NV $65 $134,710
NJ $63 $131,210
WA $62 $129,910
VT $62 $128,050
NY $61 $126,370
NH $60 $124,080

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Physician Assistant is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at AK might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Physician Assistants are in the states of AK, CT, RI, CA and NV.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Personal Care Services $144260 $69.35
Outpatient Care Centers $128820 $61.93
Scientific Research and Development Services $124400 $59.81
Employment Services $120400 $57.89
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $119970 $57.68
Individual and Family Services $118790 $57.11
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $117320 $56.40
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $116710 $56.11
State Government $115410 $55.49
Offices of Physicians $115120 $55.34
Specialty Hospitals $114600 $55.10
Local Government $113420 $54.53
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $113100 $54.37
Management of Companies and Enterprises $111760 $53.73
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $111140 $53.43
Other Residential Care Facilities $111050 $53.39
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $110210 $52.99
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $108010 $51.93
Federal Executive Branch $105930 $50.93
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $103720 $49.87
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $96880 $46.58
Home Health Care Services $79160 $38.06
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