2018 PA Salary and Compensation
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In 2018, the median annual salary for PAs working full-time in the United States is $102,000 - $106,873 per year.
PAs who receive an hourly wage, rather than an annual salary, earn an average of $60.00 per hour.
PAs working in emergency medicine and surgical subspecialties continue to make the most money. While PAs in primary care are among the lowest paid in our profession.
Most (79.4%) of PAs are paid an annual (versus an hourly) salary. PAs who work in emergency medicine, urgent care, or are independent contractors are more likely to receive an hourly wage.
In addition to their base salary, half of full-time clinically practicing PAs receive a bonus of $6,000 or more with the average bonus being $6,118. Sadly, the average bonus for a female PA is $3,000 less than their male counterpart.
PA salaries and the buying power of those salaries vary significantly by region. While PAs in California have the highest median salary of $118,000, PAs in Kentucky, Iowa, and Mississippi have some of the highest cost-adjusted median wages in the nation.
Physician Assistant Earnings by Part-time and Full-time Status
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- Median Base Salary and Bonus From Primary Employer by Work Setting and Years of Experience
- The proportion of Professional Expenses Paid such as DEA, NCCPA fees, AAPA membership, and CME expenses
- Insurance Benefits Paid for by Primary Employer
- Retirement Benefits Provided by Primary Employer
- Paid Days Off
- PA Call Status
- Hours per Month PAs Took Call
- PA Participation in Profit Sharing Plans
- Mode of Profit Sharing
- Amount of Additional Forms of Compensation
- PA Compensation by Wage Type (annual, hourly, and productivity pay)
- Median PA Salary By Region (west, northwest, south, and Midwest)
- Median Base Salary From Primary Employer by Primary Work Setting
- Median Base Salary From Primary Employer by Employer Type
- Median Base Salary From Primary Employer by Major Specialty Area
- Career Changes by PAs
Also included in the report is a cost adjusted median salary by state. Using cost-of-living data, you can determine not only your adjusted cost-of-living salary but you can use this data to calculate the salary you will need to maintain the same standard of living in a different location.
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