Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
88,110 1.6 % $45.36 $94,350 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $29.82 $38.38 $44.70 $53.57 $62.80
Annual Wage (2) $62,030 $79,820 $92,970 $111,430 $130,620


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 50,510 2.09 $45.62 $94,890
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 19,380 0.37 $45.96 $95,590
Outpatient Care Centers 6,040 0.90 $47.25 $98,280
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,410 0.12 $40.41 $84,050
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,210 0.08 $43.98 $91,490

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 50,510 2.09 $45.62 $94,890
Outpatient Care Centers 6,040 0.90 $47.25 $98,280
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 19,380 0.37 $45.96 $95,590
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 790 0.33 $48.74 $101,370
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,190 0.16 $43.64 $90,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 2,160 0.07 $49.86 $103,710
Home Health Care Services 70 0.01 $49.35 $102,640
Office Administrative Services (8) (8) $48.81 $101,530
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 790 0.33 $48.74 $101,370
Outpatient Care Centers 6,040 0.90 $47.25 $98,280


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 9,780 1.13 1.70 $46.95 $97,660
California 8,230 0.56 0.84 $47.52 $98,830
Texas 5,410 0.50 0.75 $49.17 $102,260
Pennsylvania 5,010 0.89 1.34 $39.44 $82,030
Florida 4,640 0.62 0.94 $46.48 $96,670




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 990 1.71 2.57 $49.75 $103,490
West Virginia 980 1.38 2.07 $39.24 $81,610
South Dakota 520 1.29 1.94 $43.49 $90,450
New York 9,780 1.13 1.70 $46.95 $97,660
Vermont 330 1.10 1.66 $46.07 $95,830




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 0.72 $53.17 $110,600
Nevada 1,040 0.90 1.36 $51.19 $106,470
New Hampshire 530 0.86 1.29 $51.13 $106,350
New Jersey 1,350 0.35 0.53 $51.12 $106,330
Washington 1,990 0.70 1.06 $51.05 $106,190





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 4,800 0.92 1.38 $48.33 $100,540
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,950 1.57 2.37 $47.80 $99,420
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,710 0.62 0.93 $48.45 $100,770
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,650 0.89 1.35 $37.95 $78,950
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,580 0.90 1.36 $41.05 $85,380
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.43 0.64 $37.98 $78,990
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,450 0.63 0.94 $44.75 $93,090
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,380 1.08 1.62 $42.13 $87,640
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.56 0.84 $41.70 $86,740
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,240 0.70 1.05 $51.14 $106,370