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Physician assistants raked in a median annual salary of $90,930 in 2012, according to the BLS. The top-earning 10 percent in the profession made approximately $124,770, while the lowest 10 percent of the pay spectrum brought in about $62,430. As one might expect, doctors’ offices, general medical and surgical facilities, and outpatient care centers employed the most physician assistants in 2012. Professionals working in speciality hospitals and home health care services were the best compensated. The highest-paid in the industry reside in the metropolitan areas of Racine, Wis., Texarkana, Texas, and Tyler, Texas.

Job Salary Year
2004 $68,770.00
2006 $74,260.00
2008 $81,870.00
2010 $87,300.00
2012 $92,460.00

Average Physician Assistant Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

Bringing in a healthy average annual salary of $92,460, physician assistants stack up favorably to other occupations on our list of Best Health Care Jobs. Personal care aides ($20,830), home health aides ($21,830) and nursing aides ($25,620) all occupy slots on the lower end of the pay scale, while dentists ($163,240) and physicians ($191,520) are firmly entrenched on the opposite end. Physician assistants have a comparable pay to nurse practitioners ($91,450) and veterinarians ($93,250).

Job Name Salary
Physician $187,199.00
Physician Assistant $90,930.00
Nursing Aide $24,420.00
Home Health Aide $20,820.00
Personal Care Aide $19,910.00

Best Paying Cities for Physician Assistants

The highest paid in the physician assistant profession work in the metropolitan areas of Racine, Wisconsin, Texarkana, Texas, and Tyler, Texas. The Gainsville, Georgia area also pays well, as does the city of Modesto, California.

Racine, Wisconsin

Average Salary: $145,860 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a physician assistant working in Racine, Wisconsin is $145,860, which is $54,930 more than the average pay in the profession.

Texarkana, Texas

Average Salary: $143,890 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a physician assistant working in Texarkana, Texas is $143,890, which is $52,960 more than the average pay in the profession.

Tyler, Texas

Average Salary: $127,160 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a physician assistant working in Tyler, Texas is $127,160, which is $36,230 more than the average pay in the profession.

Gainsville, Georgia

Average Salary: $127,000 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a physician assistant working in Gainsville, Georgia is $127,000, which is $36,070 more than the average pay in the profession.

Modesto, California

Average Salary: $123,970 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a physician assistant working in Modesto, California is $123,970, which is $33,040 more than the average pay in the profession.

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