Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

29-1071 Physician Assistants

Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants. Excludes "Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics" (29-2041), "Medical Assistants" (31-9092), "Registered Nurses" (29-1141), "Nurse Anesthetists" (29-1151), "Nurse Midwives" (29-1161), and "Nurse Practitioners" (29-1171).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
81,420 1.9 % $41.89 $87,140 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.62 $35.12 $41.54 $48.89 $56.60
Annual Wage (2) $57,450 $73,040 $86,410 $101,690 $117,720


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 45,070 1.95 $41.90 $87,150
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 18,710 0.36 $42.94 $89,310
Outpatient Care Centers 7,000 1.18 $43.22 $89,900
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,370 0.12 $40.09 $83,380
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,070 0.07 $37.72 $78,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 45,070 1.95 $41.90 $87,150
Outpatient Care Centers 7,000 1.18 $43.22 $89,900
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 18,710 0.36 $42.94 $89,310
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 630 0.29 $44.53 $92,620
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,380 0.21 $36.61 $76,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 1,040 0.04 $50.41 $104,860
Office Administrative Services 30 0.01 $45.06 $93,730
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $44.82 $93,230
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 40 0.01 $44.64 $92,860
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 630 0.29 $44.53 $92,620


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,480 0.68 1.06 $45.03 $93,660
New York 9,220 1.11 1.73 $43.63 $90,760
Pennsylvania 4,770 0.87 1.36 $32.62 $67,850
Texas 4,430 0.44 0.69 $46.61 $96,940
North Carolina 3,660 0.97 1.51 $40.41 $84,040




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 610 1.97 3.08 $44.14 $91,810
Maine 740 1.28 1.99 $40.43 $84,090
West Virginia 800 1.17 1.83 $43.18 $89,810
Idaho 680 1.14 1.77 $43.13 $89,720
New York 9,220 1.11 1.73 $43.63 $90,760




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,110 0.78 1.22 $47.41 $98,620
Wyoming 180 0.65 1.02 $47.06 $97,890
District of Columbia 550 0.86 1.34 $46.90 $97,550
Connecticut 1,610 1.01 1.57 $46.84 $97,420
Texas 4,430 0.44 0.69 $46.61 $96,940

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,580 0.92 1.43 $44.63 $92,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,530 0.66 1.03 $44.01 $91,540
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,970 1.64 2.56 $45.45 $94,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.67 1.04 $39.04 $81,200
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,460 1.53 2.39 $49.67 $103,310
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.81 1.26 $30.44 $63,320
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,420 0.86 1.34 $41.49 $86,290
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,270 0.58 0.90 $40.14 $83,490
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,260 1.02 1.59 $46.92 $97,600
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,080 0.64 1.00 $39.86 $82,910




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Glens Falls, NY 120 2.42 3.78 $39.81 $82,800
State College, PA 150 2.23 3.49 $24.96 $51,920
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 100 2.12 3.31 $43.17 $89,790
Rochester, MN 210 2.08 3.25 $47.05 $97,870
Anchorage, AK 340 2.07 3.22 $47.12 $98,020
Idaho Falls, ID 100 2.05 3.19 $46.54 $96,800
Fayetteville, NC 230 1.86 2.91 $42.53 $88,470
Salisbury, MD 100 1.85 2.89 $42.34 $88,080
Goldsboro, NC 70 1.66 2.60 $43.14 $89,730
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,970 1.64 2.56 $45.45 $94,530




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Amarillo, TX 40 0.34 0.53 $65.20 $135,620
Racine, WI 40 0.58 0.91 $62.60 $130,200
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 170 0.45 0.70 $59.82 $124,430
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 40 0.35 0.55 $59.44 $123,640
Chattanooga, TN-GA 140 0.66 1.03 $58.06 $120,760
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 140 0.28 0.43 $57.07 $118,710
Gainesville, GA 60 0.82 1.28 $57.03 $118,610
Lubbock, TX 60 0.48 0.76 $56.34 $117,180
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,070 0.43 0.67 $53.71 $111,720
Tyler, TX 120 1.30 2.03 $53.22 $110,700

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 330 1.79 2.80 $33.66 $70,010
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 310 1.15 1.79 $39.06 $81,250
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 290 1.00 1.56 $40.60 $84,450
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 230 0.61 0.95 $38.56 $80,200
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.72 2.68 $58.99 $122,690

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 2.17 3.39 $37.16 $77,300
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 330 1.79 2.80 $33.66 $70,010
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.72 2.68 $58.99 $122,690
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 190 1.59 2.49 $33.73 $70,160
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 110 1.53 2.39 $41.10 $85,500

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.72 2.68 $58.99 $122,690
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 110 1.14 1.77 $51.82 $107,790
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.91 1.43 $50.12 $104,260
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 0.43 $48.71 $101,310
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 1.09 1.70 $47.33 $98,450


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011