Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
98,470 1.6 % $47.73 $99,270 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $30.17 $40.15 $47.20 $56.83 $67.09
Annual Wage (2) $62,760 $83,520 $98,180 $118,200 $139,540


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 56,820 2.26 $47.42 $98,630
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 21,420 0.41 $48.52 $100,920
Outpatient Care Centers 7,490 1.02 $51.00 $106,080
Employment Services 2,760 0.08 $52.08 $108,330
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,600 0.09 $45.84 $95,340

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 56,820 2.26 $47.42 $98,630
Outpatient Care Centers 7,490 1.02 $51.00 $106,080
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 21,420 0.41 $48.52 $100,920
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 800 0.32 $49.49 $102,930
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,370 0.17 $47.00 $97,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 90 0.01 $62.50 $129,990
Employment Services 2,760 0.08 $52.08 $108,330
Outpatient Care Centers 7,490 1.02 $51.00 $106,080
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 800 0.32 $49.49 $102,930
Home Health Care Services 120 0.01 $49.28 $102,500


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)
New York 11,760 1.31 1.83 $49.05 $102,020
California 10,010 0.65 0.91 $51.83 $107,810
Texas 5,990 0.52 0.72 $47.87 $99,580
Pennsylvania 5,610 0.98 1.38 $42.12 $87,610
Florida 5,090 0.64 0.90 $48.79 $101,480



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)
Maine 940 1.59 2.23 $49.30 $102,550
New York 11,760 1.31 1.83 $49.05 $102,020
West Virginia 900 1.27 1.78 $43.59 $90,670
South Dakota 510 1.24 1.73 $46.39 $96,490
Alaska 380 1.17 1.63 $53.18 $110,600



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 550 0.44 0.62 $59.70 $124,180
Rhode Island 230 0.49 0.69 $55.12 $114,650
New Hampshire 530 0.84 1.18 $54.36 $113,070
North Dakota 300 0.66 0.92 $53.82 $111,940
Connecticut 1,890 1.14 1.59 $53.46 $111,200




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,350 0.98 1.37 $50.78 $105,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,640 0.64 0.90 $43.54 $90,560
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 2,370 1.86 2.60 $49.05 $102,020
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,960 0.79 1.11 $47.81 $99,450
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,830 0.97 1.36 $45.34 $94,320
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,790 0.61 0.86 $46.91 $97,570
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.49 0.69 $39.62 $82,420
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,660 1.27 1.77 $40.86 $84,990
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,420 1.35 1.89 $57.12 $118,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,390 0.57 0.80 $45.03 $93,660