Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
83,640 1.6 % $44.45 $92,460 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $30.01 $37.81 $43.72 $52.20 $59.99
Annual Wage (2) $62,430 $78,640 $90,930 $108,580 $124,770


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 48,140 2.03 $44.73 $93,040
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 18,380 0.35 $45.01 $93,630
Outpatient Care Centers 6,040 0.94 $45.35 $94,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,460 0.12 $40.27 $83,770
Employment Services 1,910 0.06 $46.98 $97,720

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 48,140 2.03 $44.73 $93,040
Outpatient Care Centers 6,040 0.94 $45.35 $94,330
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 18,380 0.35 $45.01 $93,630
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 710 0.31 $48.11 $100,060
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,150 0.16 $40.94 $85,160

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 710 0.31 $48.11 $100,060
Home Health Care Services 100 0.01 $47.23 $98,230
Office Administrative Services 120 0.03 $47.11 $98,000
Employment Services 1,910 0.06 $46.98 $97,720
Outpatient Care Centers 6,040 0.94 $45.35 $94,330


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 9,320 1.09 1.70 $46.25 $96,200
California 7,310 0.51 0.80 $48.98 $101,880
Texas 4,820 0.46 0.71 $47.61 $99,040
Pennsylvania 4,810 0.86 1.34 $37.07 $77,110
North Carolina 4,020 1.04 1.62 $43.78 $91,060




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 1.71 2.67 $46.46 $96,630
Maine 900 1.54 2.40 $47.38 $98,560
West Virginia 960 1.35 2.10 $42.96 $89,360
Idaho 720 1.21 1.88 $42.35 $88,080
South Dakota 460 1.14 1.78 $42.16 $87,680




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 190 0.43 0.67 $53.97 $112,250
Connecticut 1,490 0.92 1.43 $50.26 $104,540
Washington 2,270 0.82 1.28 $49.95 $103,890
Oregon 1,090 0.68 1.05 $49.71 $103,400
Nevada 1,040 0.92 1.44 $49.36 $102,670





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 4,320 0.84 1.31 $47.41 $98,610
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,190 1.79 2.79 $47.90 $99,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.41 0.64 $50.83 $105,720
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,580 0.92 1.44 $39.58 $82,330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,540 0.68 1.06 $44.39 $92,330
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,440 0.79 1.23 $34.06 $70,850
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,400 0.60 0.93 $37.69 $78,400
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,350 0.51 0.80 $49.27 $102,480
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.33 0.51 $38.78 $80,650
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.81 1.27 $49.41 $102,770




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)
Fairbanks, AK 120 3.30 5.15 $49.85 $103,690
Morgantown, WV 180 2.97 4.62 $40.09 $83,390
Glens Falls, NY 150 2.79 4.34 $41.18 $85,650
Idaho Falls, ID 120 2.54 3.96 $44.50 $92,560
Lewiston, ID-WA 60 2.44 3.80 $48.91 $101,740
Winston-Salem, NC 420 2.10 3.27 $44.57 $92,700
Sherman-Denison, TX 80 2.02 3.15 $46.00 $95,680
Ann Arbor, MI 390 1.99 3.10 $43.47 $90,420
Yuma, AZ 110 1.92 3.00 $48.67 $101,240
Fayetteville, NC 240 1.85 2.87 $43.96 $91,450