Physician Assistant Salary

According to American Academy of Physician Assistants, a Physician assistant, also known as PA, ” is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a doctor. A PA is a graduate of an accredited PA educational program who is nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician.” Supervision, however, does not imply that a supervising physician must always be present with the physician assistants or direct every aspect of physician assistant-provided care.In rural areas, the PA may be the only healthcare provider on-site, collaborating with a physician elsewhere through telecommunication.Physician assign duties to the physician assistant wherein they exercise autonomy.
Physician Assistant are trained to deliver medical and surgical services that includes:
  • Conducting physical exams 
  • Obtaining medical histories
  • Diagnosing and treating illnesses 
  • Ordering and interpreting tests 
  • Counseling on preventive health care 
  • Assisting in surgery 
  • Prescribing medications
Most physician assistants programs at least 2 years of basic science courses, including;
 chemistry, physiology, anatomy, microbiology and biology. There are currently 159 accredited physician assistant programs in the United States. They award a master’s degree. The average length of a physician assistant education program is 27 months. All states require physician assistants be licensed. 
The mean annual salary of a physician assistant is $86,410 per year or $41.54 per hour.Approximately 64 percent of physician assistant report being “most satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their jobs.
Physician Assistant Salary in Different Practice Settings
Offices of Physicians                                                                    $89,860
Outpatient Care Centers                                                              $92,450
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals                                        $91,620
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals       $96,880
Offices of Other Health Practitioners                                             $81,500
Physician assistant-provided services are covered by all government-funded public payers, such as Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE, and nearly all private payers(health insurance companies). Medicare pays for medical and surgical services provided by PAs at 85 percent of the physician fee.Certain services are paid at 100%.
Physician Assistant Salary by State
Physician Assistant Salary by State

A Snapshot of Physician Assistant Salary in an academic medical center based on speciality

Orthopedic Surgery $147,240

  Surgery $114,000
  Neurosurgery $113,000
  Emergency Medicine $108,984

Family Medicine $98,112

 Salaries varies depending on years of experience esp in surgical field .

TABLE 1 – Section 1(a) – Married Individuals Filing Joint Returns and Surviving  Spouses

If Taxable Income Is:                                  The Tax Is:

Not over $17,850                                         10% of the taxable income

Over $17,850 but                                          $1,785 plus 15% of

not over $72,500                                            the excess over $17,850

Over $72,500 but                                          $9,982.50 plus 25% of

not over $146,400                                           the excess over $72,500

Over $146,400 but                                        $28,457.50 plus 28% of

not over $223,050                                            the excess over $146,400

Over $223,050 but                                        $49,919.50 plus 33% of

not over $398,350                                           the excess over $223,050

Over $398,350 but                                        $107,768.50 plus 35% of

not over $450,000                                            the excess over $398,350

Over $450,000                                              $125,846 plus 39.6% of

                                                                        the excess over $450,000


1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Physician Assistants, on the Internet at (visited June 24, 2012).
2.American Academy of Physician Assistants, on the internet at June24,2012)

3. Texas Tribune Physician Assistant Salary

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