Information About Physician Assistants

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Training

Physician assistants need master's degree.

Degrees for Physician assistants
Training for Physician Assistants
Percent
Less than High School 1.0
High School 6.7
Some College 9.0
Associates Degree 14.2
Bachelors Degree 30.6
Masters Degree 26.6
Doctorate or Professional Degree 12.0

Employment

Represents about 74,000 people in the United States- 1.4% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 29,000 more physician assistants but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 42,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, physician assistants make $43.01 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Physician assistants $29.10 $36.70 $42.60 $50.40 $57.70
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $14.60 $20.30 $28.60 $40.00 $59.80
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, physician assistants make $89,470 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Physician assistants $60,690 $76,370 $88,660 $104,890 $120,060
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $30,500 $42,330 $59,570 $83,330 $124,550
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

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

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