Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
109,220 1.4 % $50.37 $104,760 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $32.01 $42.30 $50.41 $59.71 $70.32
Annual Wage (2) $66,590 $87,980 $104,860 $124,200 $146,260


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 61,830 2.43 $50.01 $104,020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 25,610 0.47 $51.08 $106,240
Outpatient Care Centers 8,720 0.99 $53.13 $110,510
Employment Services 2,940 0.08 $52.63 $109,470
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,550 0.08 $49.37 $102,690

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 61,830 2.43 $50.01 $104,020
Outpatient Care Centers 8,720 0.99 $53.13 $110,510
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 25,610 0.47 $51.08 $106,240
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,070 0.41 $52.64 $109,490
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,380 0.16 $47.10 $97,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Individual and Family Services 80 (7) $55.23 $114,880
Outpatient Care Centers 8,720 0.99 $53.13 $110,510
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,070 0.41 $52.64 $109,490
Employment Services 2,940 0.08 $52.63 $109,470
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 140 0.01 $52.57 $109,350


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 12,150 1.32 1.72 $53.84 $111,980
California 11,110 0.67 0.87 $54.29 $112,930
Texas 7,150 0.60 0.78 $46.12 $95,920
Pennsylvania 6,080 1.05 1.37 $46.37 $96,450
Florida 5,740 0.68 0.89 $49.46 $102,870




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 510 1.61 2.10 $55.99 $116,460
South Dakota 590 1.41 1.84 $47.87 $99,570
New York 12,150 1.32 1.72 $53.84 $111,980
Maine 790 1.32 1.73 $50.90 $105,880
Montana 570 1.24 1.62 $48.85 $101,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,310 0.73 0.95 $57.79 $120,200
New Jersey 2,300 0.57 0.75 $57.34 $119,260
Nevada 570 0.43 0.57 $57.31 $119,210
North Dakota 290 0.69 0.89 $56.49 $117,500
Hawaii 330 0.53 0.69 $56.09 $116,660



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,100 1.06 1.38 $56.07 $116,620
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,440 0.93 1.21 $50.48 $104,990
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 2,400 1.84 2.40 $54.60 $113,570
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 2,020 1.78 2.32 $57.08 $118,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,000 0.45 0.59 $48.68 $101,250
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,880 0.64 0.84 $46.79 $97,320
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,760 1.30 1.69 $47.32 $98,420
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,690 1.17 1.53 $50.11 $104,220
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,660 0.90 1.18 $51.46 $107,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,650 0.66 0.86 $50.27 $104,560


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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)
Carbondale-Marion, IL 150 2.78 3.63 $54.28 $112,900
Asheville, NC 480 2.53 3.30 $50.75 $105,550
Iowa City, IA 210 2.24 2.92 $50.83 $105,730
Bangor, ME 140 2.17 2.83 $50.55 $105,140
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division 300 2.13 2.78 $54.36 $113,060
Glens Falls, NY 110 2.09 2.72 $48.85 $101,620
Altoona, PA 120 2.05 2.68 $42.39 $88,170
Beckley, WV 90 2.02 2.64 $41.25 $85,800
Rome, GA 70 1.97 2.57 $48.70 $101,290
Flint, MI 260 1.87 2.45 $56.30 $117,110