Physician assistant pay, by specialty

Median total wages for physican assistants working in cardiovacular and cardiothoracic surgery in 2021 were $140,000, making it the highest paid specialty, according to the American Academy of Physician Associates 2022 Salary Report released July 29 and shared with Becker's

Data for the salary report were collected via an online survey between Jan. 27 and March 7. Nearly 12,000 physician assistants across the U.S. responded to at least some of the questions in the survey. Respondents must have worked at least 32 hours or more per week in 2021 to be included in the compensation section. 

The figures below represent median total wages for each specialty. Total wages reflects the compensation of PAs regardless of whether they receive a salary, are paid hourly, or are paid via a productivity model. For PAs receiving an hourly wage, their hourly rate is annualized. For PAs who receive productivity pay along with a guaranteed compensation, the two amounts are added for total wages. Total Wages does not include bonus pay or other fringe benefits.

Cardiovascular/cardiothoracic surgery: $140,000

Thoracic surgery: $128,250

Surgical subspecialties (other): $125,000

Emergency medicine: $124,800

All other specialties: $121,030

Occupational medicine: $120,640

Dermatology: $120,428

No medical specialty: $120,000

Critical care: $120,000

Radiology: $120,000

Trauma surgery: $120,000

Plastic surgery: $120,000

Transplant surgery: $120,000

Urgent care: $119,000

Bariatric surgery: $119,000

Neurosurgery: $118,530

General surgery: $117,000

Radiation oncology: $116,500

Anesthesiology: $116,220

Vascular surgery: $116,000

Psychiatry: $115,690

Pediatric surgery: $115,500

Orthopaedic surgery: $115,000

Hospital medicine: $115,000

Public health: $115,000

Oncology surgery: $114,200

Urology: $114,000

Hospice and palliative care: $114,000

Cardiology: $113,659

Hematology & oncology: $113,500

Addiction medicine: $113,000

Geriatrics: $113,000

Physical medicine & rehab: $112,360

Preventive medicine: $111,500

Obstetrics & gynecology: $111,300

Pediatric subspecialties: $111,000

Infectious disease: $110,093

Family medicine: $110,000

Internal medicine (general): $110,000

Gastroenterology: $110,000

Otolaryngology: $110,000

Pain management: $110,000

Pulmonology: $110,000

Colon & rectal surgery: $109,000

Rheumatology: $108,000

Neurology: $107,000

Nephrology: $106,250

Allergy and immunology: $105,000

Endocrinology: $103,000

Ophthalmology: $103,000

Pediatrics (general): $99,910

Genetics: $92,400



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