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Physician Assistant Earnings

The median annual wage for physician assistants was $95,820 in May 2014. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $64,100, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $134,720.

Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of physician assistants in May 2014 were as follows:

  • Outpatient care centers: $100,750
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private: 99,360
  • Offices of physicians: 94,670
  • Educational services; state, local, and private: 91,740
  • Government: 90,340

Most physician assistants work full time. In hospitals, physician assistants may work nights, weekends, or holidays. They may also be on call, meaning they must be ready to respond to a work request with little notice.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

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