Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
91,670 1.6 % $46.77 $97,280 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $30.82 $39.47 $46.07 $55.18 $64.77
Annual Wage (2) $64,100 $82,090 $95,820 $114,760 $134,720


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 53,280 2.17 $46.77 $97,270
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 19,810 0.38 $47.51 $98,830
Outpatient Care Centers 6,520 0.93 $48.84 $101,600
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,330 0.08 $44.00 $91,530
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,290 0.12 $41.08 $85,450

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 53,280 2.17 $46.77 $97,270
Outpatient Care Centers 6,520 0.93 $48.84 $101,600
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 19,810 0.38 $47.51 $98,830
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 790 0.32 $49.47 $102,910
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,200 0.15 $46.61 $96,950

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 40 (7) $65.55 $136,340
Home Health Care Services 90 0.01 $55.87 $116,220
Employment Services (8) (8) $51.31 $106,730
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 790 0.32 $49.47 $102,910
Outpatient Care Centers 6,520 0.93 $48.84 $101,600


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 10,410 1.18 1.74 $48.22 $100,290
California 9,230 0.61 0.90 $49.43 $102,800
Texas 5,360 0.48 0.70 $51.63 $107,390
Florida 5,020 0.66 0.97 $46.98 $97,710
Pennsylvania 4,950 0.88 1.29 $41.84 $87,020



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 930 1.59 2.35 $48.13 $100,110
West Virginia 1,020 1.44 2.12 $42.19 $87,750
South Dakota 510 1.24 1.83 $44.69 $92,960
New York 10,410 1.18 1.74 $48.22 $100,290
Vermont 340 1.11 1.64 $51.47 $107,050



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 750 0.63 0.93 $54.19 $112,700
Rhode Island 250 0.54 0.80 $53.45 $111,180
New Hampshire 530 0.84 1.24 $52.77 $109,760
Washington 1,990 0.69 1.01 $51.63 $107,390
Texas 5,360 0.48 0.70 $51.63 $107,390




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 5,250 0.97 1.44 $48.94 $101,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,710 0.67 0.99 $43.18 $89,810
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,120 1.68 2.47 $48.94 $101,790
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,880 0.50 0.74 $39.84 $82,870
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,650 0.58 0.85 $49.56 $103,080
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,600 0.88 1.29 $47.72 $99,250
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,600 0.86 1.27 $43.31 $90,080
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,510 0.63 0.93 $46.81 $97,360
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,490 1.15 1.70 $39.44 $82,040
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,440 0.80 1.18 $50.83 $105,720



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)
Rochester, MN 300 2.84 4.18 $54.21 $112,760
Glens Falls, NY 130 2.53 3.73 $45.08 $93,770
Greenville, NC 170 2.19 3.23 $47.21 $98,200
Yuba City, CA 80 2.17 3.20 $48.18 $100,210
Goldsboro, NC 90 2.16 3.19 $50.30 $104,610
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 230 2.12 3.13 $45.10 $93,800
Ann Arbor, MI 430 2.08 3.06 $48.43 $100,740
Salisbury, MD 100 2.06 3.03 $37.08 $77,120
Elmira, NY 70 2.00 2.94 $45.34 $94,310
Springfield, MA-CT 550 1.90 2.80 $43.11 $89,660