2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
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.
Table of contents
- Average salary
- Starting salary
- Salary rank
- Salary range
- Highest paying states
- Highest paying industries
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.
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.
|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
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|
|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|
|Offices of Physicians||$115120||$55.34|
|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||$38.06|
|Office Administrative Services||$||$*|