Physician Assistant Earnings

November 6, 2010 in Current PAs, PA Educators, PA Pals, PA Students, Prospective PAs

Physician Assistants are in high demand, and rightfully so.  They provide high quality health care, helping to fill one of society’s greatest needs.  The elderly population will double in the United States over the next 10-15 years.  Couple this with the fact that this same population consumes the greatest percentage of healthcare resources and you have the recipe for the perfect PA job market!  And please don’t misunderstand.  This does not equate to opportunities restricted to elderly populations.  Rather, as more energy is expended by the entire industry to serve the aging population, opportunities will abound for PAs in all areas.  In fact, there has never been a better time to consider becoming a Physician Assistant.  Our profession is amazing!  And it’s burgeoning now more than ever before.  Certainly money should not drive why one should choose to become a PA.  However, for those who desire to become a physician assistant to dedicate their careers to intimately and powerfully affecting the lives of others, it’s nice to know that PAs earn a healthy income.

Annual Earnings Information


Hourly Earnings Information

  • Even though CV/CT Surgery ranks highest in mean annual income by a margin of over 3K annually, it ranks 3rd behind Dermatology and Emergency Medicine when you consider earnings by the hour!
  • Outside the top three, when considering earnings by hour, the vast majority of specialties fall within a relatively narrow range of about $40 – $43 per hour.  For example, even though mean annual salary for Neurosurgery tops OB/GYN by a margin of nearly 20K, there is only a $2 discrepancy per hour!

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