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Primary care physician assistant salary

How much do primary care PAs make?

What is the salary of a primary care physician assistant? conducted its Annual Compensation and Employment Survey in September of 2020. Survey respondents represent primary care physician assistants who practice on a locum tenens basis as well as those with permanent salaries. Compensation results consist of only full-time, permanent employees and consider only annual salary and bonuses.

Average primary care PA salary in 2018


Historical salary data

How does this year's salary compare to other years?

The average primary care physician assistant’s salary increased by 6% over last year. There was no survey data prior to 2018.

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Survey Results

Demographic insights by gender

More than half of pprimary care physician assistants are female. Anesthesiology Salary Survey - Male Salary


No change Anesthesiology Salary Survey - Female Salary


No change

Where do primary care PAs work?

These are three of the top work settings for primary care physician assistants in 2019.


PA Primary care Salary Survey - Hospital Employed

Hospital employed

No change
PA Primary Care Salary Survey - Clinic or Community Center

Clinic or community center

8% decrease
PA Primary care Salary Survey - Group practice

Group practice

6% increase

How old are primary care physician assistants?

The majority of respondents last year were Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964), though in 2018 the majority of respondents were Millennials (those born between 1981 and 1997).

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Respondent demographics

Primary care physician assistants who took this survey

By region

Years in practice

Employment status

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Invitations for the survey were emailed to a database of more than 220,000 healthcare professionals in September 2020. Some recipients had been placed by, and some had not. There was a total of 2,080 respondents, both physicians and advanced practitioners, who were self-selected and spanned all 50 states. Best of Staffing Client Logo Best of Staffing Talent Logo Fortune Best Workplace Logo NALTO Logo Beyond Profit Logo Beyond Profit Logo