Physician assistants

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Total Workforce

130k

Average Age

39.9

Average Salary

$117,259

Average Male Salary

$151,686

Average Female Salary

$99,497

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Physician assistants and on wages and locations for those in the field. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals is the industry that employs the most Physician assistants, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Physician assistants, by average wage, is Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. Physician assistants are paid most in Phoenix (Far North) & Peoria (Northwest) Cities PUMA, AZ but are relatively concentrated in Edmond & Oklahoma City (North Central) Cities PUMA, OK.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$117,259

AVERAGE SALARY

± $6,112

In 2018, Physician assistants earned an average of $117,259, $63,371 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Sales managers make somewhat more than Physician assistants while Software developers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Physician assistants as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.335

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Physician assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.335, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Physician assistants (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Physician assistants.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Physician assistants.

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Industries by Share

130k

2018 Workforce

± 8,856

20.5%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 8.38%

The number of people employed as Physician assistants has been growing at a rate of 20.5%, from 108,116 people in 2017 to 130,230 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Physician assistants employed by various industries. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals employs the largest share of Physician assistants at  44.4%, followed by Offices of physicians with 28.7% and Outpatient care centers with 11.8%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Physician assistants in the US. The average age of male Physician assistants in the workforce is 43.5 and of female Physician assistants is 38.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Physician assistants is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

44.3k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,168

85.9k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 7,194

66% of Physician assistants are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Physician assistants.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Physician assistants

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

  3. White (Hispanic)

75.1% of Physician assistants are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.98% of Physician assistants, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Physician assistants.

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Age by Gender

43.5

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.47

38.1

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.89

The median age of Physician assistants is 39.9, and Male employees are generally 5.46 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Physician assistants from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Physician assistants is Health but a relatively high number of Physician assistants hold a major in Biology.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Physician assistants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Physician assistants need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Physician assistants need more than the average amount of Science, Operations Analysis, and Service Orientation.

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