The latest data tells the tale of a very good outlook for employment for Physician Assistants in the US. It’s still one of the fastest growing job sectors, and it’s estimated to increase by 31% by 2028. Much of this growth is credited to the aging population and a lack of enough physicians in our country, which could be up to a shortage of 122,000 by 2032. Our population is aging as our health habits and quality of care are improving – and that combination is leading us to a need for more and more specialty physicians. 

While PAs don’t pull in salaries that doctors do, they are still compensated very well. They are in demand, and their job is very demanding, and their salaries correlate to this. Those working in specialty practices can make higher than average salaries, because of their specialized skills. 

Location Makes a Difference

Another leading factor in PA salaries is what state they are practicing in. Keeping in mind that the true numbers depend on other factors such as cost of living, housing prices, and state income tax, in general salaries in the West and Mid-Atlantic regions tend to be higher, a bit lower in the South, and about average in the Midwest. 

States with the Highest PA Salaries

True to the general rule, according to the BLS, in 2019 the top 10 states with the highest Physician Assistant salaries run pretty much (but not all) along the east and west coasts. 

Average Physician Assistant Salary in Connecticut: $137,060

Average Physician Assistant Salary in Washington: $129,520

Average Physician Assistant Salary in New Jersey: $129,440

Average Physician Assistant Salary in Alaska: $128,530

Average Physician Assistant Salary in California: $127,520

Average Physician Assistant Salary in New York: $123,080

Average Physician Assistant Salary in Nevada: $121,540

Average Physician Assistant Salary in Vermont: $120,680

Average Physician Assistant Salary in New Mexico: $120,400

Average Physician Assistant Salary in Minnesota: $119,240

States with the Lowest PA Salaries

Alternatively, but also following suit, the 10 states with the lowest Physician Assistant salaries fall along the southern states, with a few in the midwestern region. 

Average Physician Assistant Salary in West Virginia: $102,500

Average Physician Assistant Salary in Georgia: $101,460

Average Physician Assistant Salary in Mississippi: $99,810

Average Physician Assistant Salary in Arkansas: $97,970

Average Physician Assistant Salary in Indiana: $96,120

Average Physician Assistant Salary in Missouri: $95,090

Average Physician Assistant Salary in Tennessee: $90,760

Average Physician Assistant Salary in Alabama: $90,080

Average Physician Assistant Salary in Louisiana: $86,490

Average Physician Assistant Salary in Kentucky: $84,870

Either way you look at it though, the outlook is rosy for those in or planning to go into the PA job market, with even the lowest average salary being considerably higher than the national average, with only prospects of going up. 

To get an idea of your state, here’s a chart of average salaries for Physician Assistants across the nation, along with the number of those employed as PAs in each state. 

 

State

Number of PAs

Average Annual Salary

Alabama

730

$90,080

Alaska

470

$128,530

Arizona

2,060

$109,640

Arkansas

510

$97,970

California

10,890

$127,520

Colorado

3,030

$107,300

Connecticut

2,140

$137,060

Delaware

470

$111,310

District of Columbia

610

$117,000

Florida

6,630

$108,510

Georgia

3,790

$101,460

Hawaii

300

$117,200

Idaho

770

$112,000

Illinois

2,920

$105,520

Indiana

1,530

$96,120

Iowa

960

$112,720

Kansas

1,050

$107,610

Kentucky

1,230

$84,870

Louisiana

1,180

$86,490

Maine

840

$113,250

Maryland

2,950

$109,620

Massachusetts

3,880

$112,530

Michigan

4,840

$110,510

Minnesota

2,360

$119,240

Mississippi

160

$99,810

Missouri

1,140

$95,090

Montana

640

$112,330

Nebraska

1,210

$112,640

Nevada

700

$121,540

New Hampshire

670

$116,400

New Jersey

2,520

$129,440

New Mexico

650

$120,400

New York

13,270

$123,080

North Carolina

5,440

$108,210

North Dakota

240

$112,240

Ohio

4,580

$107,430

Oklahoma

1,460

$110,670

Oregon

1,570

$114,320

Pennsylvania

7,200

$102,620

Puerto Rico

40

$29,850

Rhode Island

230

$112,857

South Carolina

1,330

$106,840

South Dakota

530

$107,270

Tennessee

2,010

$90,760

Texas

8,040

$109,270

Utah

1,230

$104,740

Vermont

260

$120,680

Virginia

2,510

$102,680

Washington

2,800

$129,520

West Virginia

920

$102,500

Wisconsin

2,420

$114,240

Wyoming

230

$116,820