Salary for Physician Assistants

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Also known as:  Anesthesiologist Assistant, Certified Physician's Assistant, Family Practice Physician Assistant, Orthopaedic Physician Assistant, Orthopedic Physician Assistant, Pediatric Physician Assistant, Radiology Practitioner Assistant, Surgical Physician Assistant helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Physicians assistants are trained medical professionals who perform many of the normal duties of physicians under the direction and supervision of physicians. Their work may include making rounds, collecting patient medical information and medical histories, administering injections, caring for wounds, interpreting diagnostic test results, and in soem cases prescribing medicine or therapy with physician approval. These individuals, although not medical doctors, are highly trained medical professionals with graduate degrees and certifications in their field.

A Physician Assistant will usually earn a compensation of around $76,700 - $162,470 depending on education and experience. will most likely earn wages of one hundred and sixteen thousand and eigthy dollars each year.

are compensated the highest in Alaska, where they receive a compensation of close to $150,430. People working these jobs are paid at the highest average level in Other Services (except Public Administration), where they earn an average job salary of $140,900.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 69.37 percent nationwide in that time.


Physician Assistants tend to make the most in the following industries:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Public Administration

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Finance and Insurance
Educational Services
Retail Trade
Public Administration
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Health Care and Social Assistance
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