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LocumTenens.com Salary Surveys

Physician Assistant Salary

How much do PAs make?

What is the salary for a Physician Assistant?

LocumTenens.com conducted its Annual Salary and Employment Survey in August and September 2022. Survey respondents represent 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 Physician Assistant salary


Historical salary data

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

In 2022, the average physician assistant’s salary returned to its steady increase after drifting downward during the pandemic, beating its previous peak in 2018. During the pandemic, some PAs experienced layoffs and furloughs, and others reported burnout (43% in 2020) and plans for a job change (44% in 2020). As a critical part of the patient experience, the urgent need to create a good work environment and cultivate job satisfaction for PAs cannot be overstated.

To learn more about how current clinician trends are changing, view the Future of Work Survey Report which presents in-depth insights about the evolving healthcare landscape in the U.S.

2021 data not available.

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Survey results

Demographic insights by gender

LocumTenens Salary Survey - Male - Anesthesiology


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Female - Anesthesiology



Where did physician assistants work in 2022?

Most physician assistants worked in emergency medicine and family practice in 2020, which was the same in 2019.

LocumTenens Salary Survey - Hospital - Physician Assistant



LocumTenens Salary Survey - Medical group - Physician Assistant

Medical Group/ practice owned by a hospital / system


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Independent medical group - Physician Assistant

Independent medical group / practice



PAs who took this survey

In 2022 most responding physician assistants worked in the Southeast (31%). Physician assistants still largely prefer full time employment (52%) and millennials (born between 1981 and 1997) are the largest age segment, comprising half of respondents.

By region

Years in practice

Employment status

How old are physician assistants?


This report was compiled using data from an original survey conducted by LocumTenens.com from August to September 2022. The 2,571 respondents represent a broad range of U.S.-based clinicians, roles, specialties, ages, facility sizes and experience levels. Some recipients had been placed by LocumTenens.com, and some had not. The age range of respondents is 26-79 and 46 medical specialties are represented. The data from the survey responses was compiled and analyzed by experts in the healthcare industry to formulate the insights shown here.