Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
83,540 1.8 % $43.01 $89,470 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $29.18 $36.72 $42.62 $50.43 $57.72
Annual Wage (2) $60,690 $76,370 $88,660 $104,890 $120,060


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 47,600 2.03 $43.20 $89,860
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 18,780 0.36 $44.05 $91,620
Outpatient Care Centers 5,910 0.97 $44.45 $92,450
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,490 0.12 $40.19 $83,590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,220 0.08 $39.97 $83,140

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 47,600 2.03 $43.20 $89,860
Outpatient Care Centers 5,910 0.97 $44.45 $92,450
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 18,780 0.36 $44.05 $91,620
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 630 0.29 $46.58 $96,880
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,180 0.17 $39.18 $81,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 630 0.29 $46.58 $96,880
Scientific Research and Development Services 280 0.04 $45.16 $93,930
Employment Services 1,390 0.05 $44.89 $93,370
Outpatient Care Centers 5,910 0.97 $44.45 $92,450
Office Administrative Services 60 0.01 $44.39 $92,330


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 9,690 1.15 1.77 $45.00 $93,600
California 8,170 0.58 0.89 $45.65 $94,940
Pennsylvania 4,730 0.85 1.31 $34.12 $70,960
Texas 4,630 0.45 0.69 $45.94 $95,560
North Carolina 4,080 1.07 1.64 $41.57 $86,460




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 550 1.76 2.70 $45.52 $94,680
Maine 720 1.26 1.93 $46.23 $96,160
West Virginia 850 1.22 1.87 $44.03 $91,570
Idaho 710 1.19 1.83 $43.34 $90,140
New York 9,690 1.15 1.77 $45.00 $93,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 220 0.48 0.74 $51.44 $107,000
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $49.13 $102,190
Washington 2,260 0.83 1.27 $48.99 $101,910
Connecticut 1,480 0.92 1.41 $48.30 $100,470
New Jersey 1,300 0.34 0.53 $48.01 $99,870





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 4,560 0.90 1.38 $45.95 $95,580
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,280 1.88 2.89 $47.01 $97,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,110 0.55 0.85 $47.05 $97,850
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,650 0.98 1.51 $38.80 $80,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,600 0.69 1.07 $38.76 $80,610
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.81 1.24 $30.68 $63,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,420 0.64 0.98 $41.42 $86,160
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,290 1.03 1.59 $46.67 $97,080
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,140 0.45 0.69 $48.55 $100,980
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.80 1.23 $49.70 $103,370




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 140 2.71 4.16 $41.53 $86,390
Lewiston, ID-WA 60 2.46 3.77 $49.08 $102,080
Rochester, MN 210 2.15 3.31 $47.64 $99,100
Fayetteville, NC 270 2.11 3.24 $43.90 $91,310
Idaho Falls, ID 100 2.07 3.18 $48.65 $101,200
Anchorage, AK 320 1.91 2.93 $45.20 $94,020
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,280 1.88 2.89 $47.01 $97,770
Charleston, WV 260 1.80 2.76 $37.54 $78,090
Ann Arbor, MI 340 1.77 2.71 $40.32 $83,860
Winston-Salem, NC 340 1.73 2.65 $43.13 $89,720