How much does a Physician Assistant make?

Average Physicians Assistant Salary


Average salary for Physician Assistants in 2015 $99,270
Hourly wage for Physician Assistants $47.73
Top 10% of Earners $139,540
Bottom 10% of Earners $62,760


The average salary for Physician Assistants in the USA was $99,270 in 2015, according to the Bureau for Labor Studies.

The average hourly wage for Physician Assistants is $47.73 per hour.

How much does a physician assistant make

Physician Assistant Salary Range

Salary ranges quite significantly depending on where you live and level of experience:

  • Average range across States: From a low of $51,040 in Mississippi (or $43,240 in Puerto Rico) to a high of $124,180 in Nevada. This represents a huge variance of $73,000 in earnings, even taking into consideration cost of living adjustments.
  • Average range across Metro Areas: From a low of $40,360 in Lafayette, Louisiana, to a high of $163,070 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Top earners to bottom earners: The bottom 10% of those working as Physician Assistants earned an average of $62,760, whilst the top 10% earned an average of $139,540.
  • The highest earners overall in the industry are those in Manhattan, Kansas where the top 10% of there earn an average salary of $186,980.

Top 5 States For Physician Assistants

The table below illustrates the States in which Physician Assistants earn the most – taking into consideration cost of living adjustments for each State.

StateSalaryAbove AverageHourly Wage
Rhode Island$114,65015.5%$55.12
New Hampshire$113,07013.9%$54.36
North Dakota$111,94012.8%$53.82

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