Physician assistants

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Total Workforce

108k

Average Age

38.8

Estimated Job Growth

37.4%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$95,156

Average Male Salary

$114,860

Average Female Salary

$86,591

About

Physician assistants are most often employed by the Hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Physician assistants was $95,156 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Physician assistants by wage are Information security analysts, Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives, and Medical scientists, & life scientists, all other.

Physician assistants are part of the Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, along with Chiropractors, Dentists, Dietitians & nutritionists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Physicians & surgeons, Physician assistants, Podiatrists, Occupational therapists, Physical therapists, Radiation therapists, Recreational therapists, Respiratory therapists, Speechlanguage pathologists, Other therapists, including exercise physiologists, Veterinarians, Registered nurses, Nurse anesthetists, Audiologists, Health diagnosing & treating practitioners, all other, Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives, Clinical laboratory technologists & technicians, Dental hygienists, Diagnostic related technologists & technicians, Emergency medical technicians & paramedics, Health practitioner support technologists & technicians, Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses, Medical records & health information technicians, Opticians, dispensing, Miscellaneous health technologists & technicians, and Other healthcare practitioners & technical Occupations

The top 3 locations that employ the most Physician assistants are Monroe County (East) PUMA, NY, Erie County (North Central) PUMA, NY, and Alachua County (Outer) PUMA, FL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Physician assistants are Erie County (North Central) PUMA, NY, Monroe County (East) PUMA, NY, and Alachua County (Outer) PUMA, FL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Physician assistants and on wages and locations for those in the field. 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 Hospitals. Physician assistants are paid most in Erie County (North Central) PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Erie County (North Central) PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$95,156

AVERAGE SALARY

± $3,661

In 2017, Physician assistants earned an average of $95,156, $43,091 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Information security analysts make somewhat more than Physician assistants while Medical scientists, & life scientists, all other 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

0.268

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Physician assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.268, 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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Physician assistants, by number of employees, are Hospitals, Offices of physicians, and Outpatient care centers.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Physician assistants, by average wage, are Hospitals, Offices of physicians, and Other health care services.

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Industries by Share

108k

2017 Workforce

± 8,070

3.14%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 10.3%

The number of people employed as Physician assistants has been growing at a rate of 3.14%, from 104,827 people in 2016 to 108,116 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Physician assistants employed by various industries. Hospitals employs the largest share of Physician assistants at  47.9%, followed by Offices of physicians with 29% and Outpatient care centers with 12%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Physician assistants in the US. The average age of male Physician assistants in the workforce is 42.6 and of female Physician assistants is 37.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Physician assistants is White.

Gender Composition

32.8k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 4,443

75.4k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 6,738

69.7% 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

  2. Asian

  3. Black

84.5% of Physician assistants are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 6.55% of Physician assistants, Asian 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

42.6

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.65

37.1

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.932

The median age of Physician assistants is 38.8, and Male employees are generally 5.51 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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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Physician assistants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Physician assistants are expected to see a growth of 37.4% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

37.4%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Physician assistants. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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