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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 from August to October 2023. 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?

Despite fluctuations, the average physician assistant’s salary has stayed within a relatively narrow range since before the COVID-19 pandemic. Many PAs experienced, layoffs and furloughs during the global health emergency and sought other employment. The need to work toward a more collaborative work environment for physician assistants cannot be overstated.

2021 data not available.

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Survey results

Demographic insights by gender


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Male - Physician Assistant


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Female - Physician Assistant


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Prefer not to answer - Physician Assistant

Prefer not to answer


Where did physician assistants work in 2023?

Most physician assistants worked in hospitals in 2023.

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

The Northeast U.S. is where the largest segments of the nation’s Physician Assistants worked in 2023. Strong representation is seen across all levels of experience, and Millennials (born 1981 to 1996) constitute nearly half of this workforce 49%.

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 October 2023. Medical practitioners from the LocumTenens.com database were invited to participate in this survey. Some recipients had been placed by LocumTenens.com, and some had not. As incentive for completing the survey, respondents were offered a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card. This survey takes into account clinicians currently practicing medicine. Of the 2,081 respondents who qualified for the survey, 1,675 completed it. At the 95% confidence level, the survey has an error range of +/- 2.4%.