Scope of practice laws, specialty, setting, experience and geographic location are the most important factors that determine physician assistant compensation. Laws in some states, for example, limit utility of PAs in that region keeping compensation low. In contrast, other states may allow physician assistants a high degree of autonomy making them more valuable in practice – so, they command higher salaries.

Understanding the average salary for PAs in your area can help you make educated career decisions. Will you need to relocate to meet your financial goals? What salary should you negotiate for in your employment contract discussions? To provide a reference point, we checked out average salaries for physician assistants across the United States. Based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, here’s how much physician assistants can expect to earn on a state-by-state basis.

Average Physician Assistant Salary by State 

How does your PA salary compare to these averages?


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