Survey: Physician Assistants Have Increased by 100% Over Last 10 Years

The number of practicing physician assistants has increased by 100 percent over the last 10 years, with primary care becoming the largest specialty, according to survey results from the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

More than 30 percent of PAs practice in primary care, according to the release, and female PAs outnumber their male counterparts by nearly 20,000. Nearly 30 percent of PAs practice in single-specialty physician group practices, and 40 percent have been in their current primary specialty for at least six years.

PAs earn a median annual salary of $90,000 according to the release, an increase of 2.8 percent from the AAPA's 2009 survey.

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