New PA Salary Data
Compensation for America’s physician assistants (PAs), recognized as one of the top professions in the country, continues to rise, according to new data from the 2015 American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Salary Survey.
The median base salary for a PA in 2014 rose to $93,800 a year, a $3,800 increase from 2012. The survey found that in addition to salary, more than half (54%) of all PAs received monetary bonuses and more than 75 percent of PAs receive some other form of additional compensation, such as research stipends, profit sharing, student loan repayment, paid relocation, tuition reimbursement or signing bonuses.
The AAPA survey provides high-quality, detailed information on PA compensation and benefits, including base salary, hourly wages and bonus, by region, specialty, employer, setting and experience.
Highlights of the AAPA Salary Survey 2015:
● PAs at critical access hospitals ($115,000), industrial facilities ($115,000), and hospital emergency departments ($101,920) reported the highest median compensation levels.
● PAs in the cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgery specialty reported the highest median base salary ($117,000) followed by interventional radiology ($105,500), emergency medicine ($102,960) and pediatric surgery ($102,500).
● PAs with less than one year of experience had a base salary of $85,000, which rose to $89,000 for those with 2 to 4 years, and $96,000 for those with 5 to 9 years’ experience.
AAPA administered the online survey between February and March, 2015. More than 10,000 AAPA members and nonmembers responded.