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Female PAs make 11% less than male counterparts: This and 5 other findings

Despite the fact that more than 65 percent of physician assistants are female, male PAs earn up to 11 percent more than female PAs on average, according to data from Doximity's Career Navigator for PAs.

The Career Navigator, launched Oct. 11, is the first crowdsourced salary map for PAs by specialty and county.

Here are five more statistics from the Career Navigator.

1. The PA profession is expected to grow 30 percent within the next decade.

2. PAs working in urban areas make approximately 5 percent more than those who work in rural areas.

3. The biggest gender pay gap for PAs exists in thoracic surgery, where men make about 35 percent more than women. The smallest discrepancy exists for dermatology PAs, where no significant difference in pay was reported.

4. PA salaries increase steadily for the first 20 years of their practice. After that, pay generally levels off and remains steady for the rest of one's career.

5. The highest paid PA specialty overall was thoracic surgery. However, on an hourly basis, dermatology and emergency medicine PAs took home more than thoracic surgery PAs.

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