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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 “Registered Nurses” (29-1141), “Nurse Anesthetists” (29-1151), “Nurse Midwives” (29-1161), “Nurse Practitioners” (29-1171), “Emergency Medical Technicians” (29-2042), “Paramedics” (29-2043), “Surgical Assistants” (29-9093), and “Medical Assistants” (31-9092).


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)
120,090 1.5 % $54.04 $112,410 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $34.96 $44.62 $53.97 $62.75 $75.54
Annual Wage (2) $72,720 $92,800 $112,260 $130,530 $157,120


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 66,800 2.52 $53.68 $111,650
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 29,530 0.53 $54.60 $113,580
Outpatient Care Centers 9,540 1.00 $58.33 $121,320
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,590 0.12 $51.60 $107,330
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,870 0.20 $52.02 $108,190

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 66,800 2.52 $53.68 $111,650
Outpatient Care Centers 9,540 1.00 $58.33 $121,320
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,480 0.56 $53.94 $112,190
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 29,530 0.53 $54.60 $113,580
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,870 0.20 $52.02 $108,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 320 0.04 $60.30 $125,410
Personal Care Services 80 0.01 $60.23 $125,280
Outpatient Care Centers 9,540 1.00 $58.33 $121,320
Individual and Family Services 100 (7) $57.26 $119,110
Employment Services 1,650 0.04 $56.51 $117,550


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 13,270 1.39 1.70 $59.17 $123,080
California 10,890 0.63 0.77 $61.31 $127,520
Texas 8,040 0.65 0.79 $52.54 $109,270
Pennsylvania 7,200 1.22 1.49 $49.33 $102,620
Florida 6,630 0.75 0.92 $52.17 $108,510




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 470 1.49 1.83 $61.79 $128,530
New York 13,270 1.39 1.70 $59.17 $123,080
Maine 840 1.37 1.68 $54.45 $113,250
Montana 640 1.36 1.66 $54.00 $112,330
West Virginia 920 1.31 1.60 $49.28 $102,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 2,140 1.29 1.57 $65.90 $137,060
Washington 2,800 0.84 1.03 $62.27 $129,520
New Jersey 2,520 0.62 0.75 $62.23 $129,440
Alaska 470 1.49 1.83 $61.79 $128,530
California 10,890 0.63 0.77 $61.31 $127,520





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 11,470 1.19 1.45 $61.74 $128,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,460 0.55 0.68 $60.64 $126,130
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,070 1.07 1.30 $54.67 $113,710
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,050 1.09 1.33 $53.19 $110,630
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,660 0.73 0.89 $49.23 $102,400
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,310 0.84 1.03 $49.08 $102,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,240 0.70 0.86 $54.73 $113,830
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,000 0.43 0.52 $50.63 $105,300
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,970 0.75 0.91 $52.16 $108,490
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 1,940 1.85 2.27 $53.08 $110,400