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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
114,710 1.4 % $52.13 $108,430 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $33.23 $43.34 $52.22 $61.16 $73.00
Annual Wage (2) $69,120 $90,150 $108,610 $127,220 $151,850


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 64,540 2.49 $52.01 $108,180
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 28,050 0.51 $52.47 $109,140
Outpatient Care Centers 8,910 0.97 $56.15 $116,780
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,620 0.09 $49.21 $102,370
Employment Services 2,240 0.06 $52.13 $108,420

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 64,540 2.49 $52.01 $108,180
Outpatient Care Centers 8,910 0.97 $56.15 $116,780
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,440 0.55 $51.98 $108,120
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 28,050 0.51 $52.47 $109,140
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 560 0.18 $46.90 $97,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 8,910 0.97 $56.15 $116,780
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 70 0.01 $53.11 $110,470
Individual and Family Services 70 (7) $52.86 $109,940
Scientific Research and Development Services 260 0.04 $52.57 $109,340
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 28,050 0.51 $52.47 $109,140


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 12,060 1.29 1.62 $56.25 $117,000
California 10,520 0.62 0.78 $56.36 $117,230
Texas 7,930 0.65 0.83 $52.69 $109,590
Pennsylvania 6,650 1.14 1.44 $47.36 $98,510
Florida 6,040 0.70 0.89 $50.93 $105,930




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 520 1.65 2.09 $58.78 $122,260
Connecticut 2,300 1.39 1.75 $60.39 $125,610
Montana 630 1.36 1.72 $51.02 $106,130
New York 12,060 1.29 1.62 $56.25 $117,000
South Dakota 540 1.27 1.60 $49.44 $102,830




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 2,300 1.39 1.75 $60.39 $125,610
Washington 2,470 0.76 0.96 $59.61 $123,980
Alaska 520 1.65 2.09 $58.78 $122,260
Hawaii 320 0.50 0.63 $58.23 $121,120
California 10,520 0.62 0.78 $56.36 $117,230





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 10,870 1.14 1.44 $57.40 $119,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,090 0.50 0.64 $54.53 $113,430
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,820 1.02 1.29 $51.64 $107,410
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,810 0.79 0.99 $49.85 $103,680
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,780 0.98 1.23 $52.35 $108,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,340 0.75 0.94 $52.99 $110,210
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,010 0.75 0.94 $50.79 $105,650
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,980 0.66 0.84 $60.07 $124,950
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,930 0.74 0.94 $51.18 $106,460
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,770 1.20 1.51 $50.30 $104,620