How Much do Physician Assistants Make?

Do physician assistants make a lot of money? What is the average pay for physician assistants?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, physician assistants in the United States earn an average of $112,410 a year, equivalent to $54.04 an hour. Physician assistants make 110% more than the average American worker.

Physician assistants in Connecticut are the best paid, making $137,060 a year, while physician assistants in Kentucky make the least at $84,870.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Physician Assistant Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $75.54 $157,120
75th $62.75 $130,530
50th $53.97 $112,260
25th $44.62 $92,800
10th $34.96 $72,720
Physician Assistant Wages by State

In what states do physician assistants make the most? In what states do physician assistants make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $43.31 $90,080
Alaska $61.79 $128,530
Arizona $52.71 $109,640
Arkansas $47.10 $97,970
California $61.31 $127,520
Colorado $51.59 $107,300
Connecticut $65.90 $137,060
Delaware $53.51 $111,310
Florida $52.17 $108,510
Georgia $48.78 $101,460
Hawaii $56.34 $117,200
Idaho $53.85 $112,000
Illinois $50.73 $105,520
Indiana $46.21 $96,120
Iowa $54.19 $112,720
Kansas $51.73 $107,610
Kentucky $40.81 $84,870
Louisiana $41.58 $86,490
Maine $54.45 $113,250
Maryland $52.70 $109,620
Massachusetts $54.10 $112,530
Michigan $53.13 $110,510
Minnesota $57.33 $119,240
Mississippi $47.99 $99,810
Missouri $45.72 $95,090
Montana $54.00 $112,330
Nebraska $54.16 $112,640
Nevada $58.43 $121,540
New Hampshire $55.96 $116,400
New Jersey $62.23 $129,440
New Mexico $57.89 $120,400
New York $59.17 $123,080
North Carolina $52.03 $108,210
North Dakota $53.96 $112,240
Ohio $51.65 $107,430
Oklahoma $53.21 $110,670
Oregon $54.96 $114,320
Pennsylvania $49.33 $102,620
South Carolina $51.36 $106,840
South Dakota $51.57 $107,270
Tennessee $43.63 $90,760
Texas $52.54 $109,270
Utah $50.36 $104,740
Vermont $58.02 $120,680
Virginia $49.37 $102,680
Washington $62.27 $129,520
West Virginia $49.28 $102,500
Wisconsin $54.93 $114,240
Wyoming $56.16 $116,820
Metro Areas Where Physician Assistants Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Salinas, CA $77.58 $161,370
Gardner, MA $75.12 $156,250
Waterbury, CT $74.30 $154,550
Danbury, CT $70.91 $147,500
New Bern, NC $70.62 $146,880
Santa Rosa, CA $69.34 $144,230
Visalia, CA $68.19 $141,840
Chico, CA $66.48 $138,270
Hartford, CT $66.37 $138,050
Yuba City, CA $65.96 $137,210
Physician Assistant Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $54.04 $112,410
2018 $52.13 $108,430
2017 $50.37 $104,760
2016 $49.08 $102,090
2015 $47.73 $99,270
2014 $46.77 $97,280
2013 $45.36 $94,350
2012 $44.45 $92,460
2011 $43.01 $89,470