Median base salary for PAs climbed 1% year over year, report finds

The median base salary for U.S. physician assistants climbed from $105,000 in 2017 to $106,000 in 2018, according to a new salary report released by the American Academy of PAs .

The report — which was based on a survey of 13,088 physician assistants in February and March — also included median compensation for physician assistants who worked at least 32 hours per week in 2018. This included base salary, annualized hourly wage and productivity pay.

Across the entire profession, median compensation in 2018 was $107,500, according to the report. That compares to $105,500 among physician assistants in pediatric subspecialties and $101,000 among physician assistants in primary care.

"The PA workforce is strong and growing stronger every day," David E. Mittman, president and chair of the AAPA Board of Directors, concluded in a news release. "The year-to-year, steady increase in PA salary affirms that PAs are in high demand. That is why it is so important to advance policies that will eliminate administrative burdens and allow PAs to work at the top of their education, training and experience."



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