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Physician Assistant Salary by State: 2015 Comparison Table

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT SALARY BY STATE COMPARISON TABLE

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What capital city should you move to if you want the highest median Physician Assistant salary in the United States?

I will give you a hint, In 2013, this city also set a new record with 37 homicides!

State and Capital with the highest median Physician Assistant Salary

What capital city should you move to if you want the lowest median Physician Assistant salary in the US?  Hint, in the 2010 census it was the second least populous state capital after Montpelier, Vermont.

State and Capital with the lowest median Physician Assistant Salary

The most recent data (May 2012) from the Bureau of labor statistics reports the median annual wage for physician assistants was $90,930 ($43.72 per hour). The lowest 10 percent earned less than $62,430, and the top 10 percent earned more than $124,770.

Compare this to the 2013 AAPA Census based on 951 PA responses which reports the median Physician Assistant Salary to be $107,268 ($54.05 per hour). As you can see in the table below there has been a steady increase over time.

Physician Assistant Salary Table

According to the 2013 AAPA Salary Report, the median annual wages for physician assistants in the top industries in which these assistants worked were as follows:

  • Hospitals (Non teaching) $95,000
  • University Hospital $102,000
  • Outpatient care centers $93,520
  • Offices of health practitioners (solo practice) $85,000
  • Government $86,870
  • Multi-Specialty Practice Group $91,400
  • Single Specialty Practice Group $89,000

Physician Assistant Salary Comparison Table: by State and Capital City (Updated January 8, 2015)

*The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.

Salary data is from salary.com - you can read more about their methodology here. Click on the corresponding links below see the most updated salary information for the particular region.

STATE + CAPITAL 10% 20% MEDIAN 75% 90%
Alabama, Montgomery $71,695  $78,220  $85,386  $93,786 $101,434
 Alaska Juneau  $89,461  $97,602  $106,544  $117,025  $126,569
Arizona, Phoenix  $77,359  $84,398  $92,131  $101,194  $109,44
Arkansas, Little Rock  $70,793  $77,236  $84,312  $92,606 $100,158
California, Sacramento  $85,917  $93,736  $102,323  $112,390  $121,555
Colorado, Denver  $79,945  $87,220  $95,211  $104,578  $113,106
Connecticut, Hartford  $82,808  $90,344  $98,621  $108,324  $117,15
Delaware, Dover  $82,097  $89,568  $97,773  $107,392  $116,150
Florida, Tallahassee  $71,743 $78,271  $85,442  $93,848  $101,501
Georgia, Atlanta  $79,771  $87,030  $95,004  $104,350 $112,860
Hawaii, Honolulu $85,862  $93,675  $102,257  $112,318  $121,477
Idaho, Boise  $76,386  $83,337  $90,972  $99,922  $108,070
Illinois, Springfield  $71,221  $77,702  $84,820  $93,165  $100,763
Indiana, Indianapolis  $76,077  $83,000  $90,605  $99,518  $107,634
Iowa, Des Moines  $75,832  $82,733  $90,312  $99,197  $107,287
Kansas, Topeka  $73,949  $80,679  $88,070  $96,735  $104,623
Kentucky, Frankfort  $75,595  $82,474  $90,030  $98,887  $106,951
Louisiana, Baton Rouge  $68,737  $74,992  $81,862  $89,916  $97,249
Maine, Augusta  $81,511  $88,929  $97,076  $106,627  $115,322
Maryland, Annapolis  $81,250  $88,644  $96,765  $106,285  $114,953
Massachusetts, Boston  $85,427  $93,201  $101,739  $111,748  $120,861
Michigan, Lansing  $74,827  $81,637  $89,116  $97,883 $105,866
Minnesota, St. Paul  $73,016  $79,661 $86,959  $95,514  $103,303
Mississippi, Jackson  $73,008  $79,652  $86,949  $95,504  $103,292
Missouri, Jefferson City  $71,221  $77,702  $84,820  $93,165  $100,763
Montana, Helena  $63,334  $69,098  $75,428  $82,849  $89,605
Nebraska, Lincoln  $68,658  $74,906  $81,768  $89,813  $97,137
Nevada, Carson City  $81,804  $89,248  $97,425  $107,010  $115,736
New Hampshire, Concord  $83,528  $91,130  $99,478  $109,265  $118,175
New Jersey, Trenton  $93,265  $101,753  $111,075  $122,002  $131,951
New Mexico, Santa Fe $70,556  $76,977  $84,029  $92,296  $99,822
New York, Albany  $76,053  $82,974  $90,576  $99,487  $107,600
North Carolina, Raleigh  $78,782  $85,952  $93,826  $103,057  $111,461
North Dakota, Bismarck  $71,743  $78,271  $85,442  $93,848  $101,501
Ohio, Columbus  $77,675  $84,744  $92,507  $101,608  $109,894
Oklahoma, Oklahoma City  $74,329  $81,093  $88,523  $97,232  $105,161
Oregon, Salem  $78,221  $85,339  $93,157  $102,322  $110,666
Pennsylvania, Harrisburg  $78,695  $85,857  $93,723  $102,943  $111,338
Rhode Island, Providence  $83,085  $90,646  $98,951  $108,686  $117,549
South Carolina, Columbia  $74,092  $80,834  $88,240  $96,921  $104,825
South Dakota, Pierre  $61,539  $67,139  $73,290  $80,500  $87,065
Tennessee, Nashville  $74,732  $81,533  $89,003  $97,759  $105,731
Texas, Austin  $76,196  $83,130  $90,746  $99,673  $107,802
Utah, Salt Lake City  $75,199  $82,042  $89,559  $98,370  $106,392
Vermont, Montpelier  $79,312  $86,530  $94,457  $103,750  $112,211
Virginia, Richmond  $79,312  $86,530  $94,457  $103,750  $112,211
Washington, Olympia  $81,408  $88,817  $96,954  $106,492  $115,176
West Virginia, Charleston  $69,441  $75,760  $82,701  $90,837  $98,245
Wisconsin, Madison  $73,593  $80,291  $87,647  $96,269  $104,120
Wyoming, Cheyenne  $71,458  $77,961  $85,103  $93,476  $101,098

 

Are you looking for salary data to lean on while negotiating a new or existing contract?

Or maybe, you're doing reconnaissance to assess your future earnings if you do decide to pursue a career as a physicians assistant?

So many factors dictate your base salary and should be taken into consideration when you are in contract negotiations with your employer or while discussing a pay raise.

Some Factors That Determine Base Salary

  • Is your place of work in a remote or less desirable location?
  • Do you have to take call or work weekends?
  • Do you have a lot of support or are you flying solo?

If the employer does not offer the highest salary are there other benefits worth considering such as a great healthcare or retirement package?  Or better yet, does the work line up with your personal goals as a healthcare practitioner?

At my last job we had a high hourly wage coupled with a lackluster family health care plan and a poor retirement benefits package. After being swayed to sign on the dotted line by a higher than average salary offering the mid-levels across the organization were red-lined for the next 4 years. Sadly, we lost a number of very talented practitioners because of this.

A poor benefits package may seem like "no big deal" if you are tempted with the allure of a high salary, but be careful, a high salary with poor benefits can be fools gold, especially when it comes to long-term employment, dependent health care coverage or retirement planning.

I predict we will continue to see a rise in median pay (especially in specialty practice).  When I look at PA salary compared to nursing salary in my home State of California, for example, it seems the sky is the limit. But be forewarned, there are always trade-offs; such as longer hours, mandatory call or the addition of weekends.

Make sure to check the average salaries in your region and be open to salary discussions with your colleagues.

I am well aware that nothing is more miserable than having the salary comparison talk.  You are either going to be paid more which makes you a target, less which will make you angry, or the same which can make you angry or happy depending on the circumstances.

Keep in mind, this is not about comparisons, it is about mid-levels being on the same page, I am a believer that we are stronger when united which will benefit the profession as a whole.

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