Training Requirements for Physician Assistants

Physician assistants need a master's degree.

Degrees for Physician assistants
Percent
Less than High School 0.2
High School 1.0
Some College 2.6
Associates Degree 4.6
Bachelors Degree 18.0
Masters Degree 57.7
Doctorate or Professional Degree 15.9

Employment Outlook for Physician Assistants

This represents about 94,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 28,000 more physician assistants but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 50,000 more.

Typical Income for Physician Assistants

Hourly Income

On average,physician assistants make $49.08 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Physician assistants $31.55 $41.41 $48.79 $58.37 $68.37
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $15.59 $21.80 $30.49 $43.83 $64.87
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $23.60 $28.74 $37.49 $53.60 $84.62
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, physician assistants make $102,090 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Physician assistants $65,620 $86,130 $101,480 $121,420 $142,210
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $32,430 $45,330 $63,420 $91,180 $134,930
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $49,090 $59,780 $77,980 $111,480 $176,020
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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