Highest paid specialties for PAs

Year over year, median total cash compensation for physician assistants and nurse practitioners climbed by 4.5 percent, according to a survey released Dec. 7 by consulting firm SullivanCotter. 

The "2022 Advanced Practice Provider Compensation and Productivity Survey" examines advanced practice provider median total cash compensation, which includes base pay plus performance incentives. It is based on data for nearly 700 organizations, including hospitals, health systems, medical groups and academic medical centers, representing more than 100,000 individual advanced practice providers. The 2022 data reflects total cash compensation from Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2021. 

Here are the specialties for physician assistants with the highest median total cash compensation, according to survey data shared with Becker's:

Cardiothoracic surgery: $142,374

Emergency medicine: $141,050

Urgent care: $134,763

Dermatology: $134,163

Orthopedic surgery — general: $132,421

Vascular surgery: $129,117

Neurological surgery: $127,406

Cardiology — general: $127,317

General surgery: $127,067

Urology: $126,544

Family medicine: $125,387

Oncology — hematology and oncology: $124,563

Internal medicine: $124,000

Hospitalist — internal medicine: $122,789

Pulmonology — general: $122,663

Gastroenterology: $121,493

Pediatrics — general: $121,410

Otolaryngology — general: $118,034

Obstetrics/gynecology — general: $117,832

Neurology: $117,115

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