It’s no secret that professionals in the medical industry are well paid. This falls in line with the long and oftentimes challenging education needed to perform medical duties in a strict, yet professional manner.
Forbes.com published a piece in late January detailing how the median annual salary for physician assistants has increased to almost $100,000. The increase was determined to have been a result of the medical industry lacking doctors nationwide.
Although physician assistants don’t receive as much education or certifications as regular doctors, the position does have many responsibilities. As doctors are short to come by in the medical industry, PAs are now higher in demand to fill their responsibilities.
The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants stated that the median salary for PAs was $95,000 in 2014 and has grown over two years. Here is a much more detailed breakdown of how much PAs are earning:
- 1% are earning $40,000 or less
- 5% are earning between $40,001 and $60,000
- 2% are earning between $60,001 and $80, 000
- 1% are earning between $80,001 and $100,000
- 6% are earning between $100,001 and $120,000
- 8% are earning between $120,001 and $140,000
- 2% are earning between $140,001 and $160,000
- 5% are earning over $160,000
Location and Time
Unsurprisingly, location plays a large role in determining PA salary. According to the Commission, in the states of California, Arizona, Alaska, Connecticut and Minnesota, PAs earn a median of $105,000 annually.
The jump to six figures is a stark contrast to numbers tallied only a few years ago. In 2010, a PA’s salary was $87,000. In 2001, it was far lower at $71,000. The National Bureau of Labor Statistics provided both totals.
The commission’s chief executive, Dawn Morton-Rias, stated that the demand for PAs is growing due to doctor shortages and poor distribution. Most importantly, Morton-Rias attributes this growing demand on the fact that PAs have always proven themselves in the medical field.
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