Physician assistants

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2019 Workforce
142k
Average Age
39.6
Estimated Job Growth
37.4%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$115,610
Average Male Salary
$140,520
Average Female Salary
$103,421

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 Management, scientific & technical consulting services. Physician assistants are paid most in The Hammocks (West), Richmond West (West) & Country Walk PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in San Antonio City (Far North) & Timberwood Park PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$115,610
AVERAGE SALARY
± $5,538

In 2019, Physician assistants earned an average of $115,610, $60,086 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Optometrists make somewhat more than Physician assistants while Financial analysts 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

0.287
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Physician assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.287, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

142k
2019 Workforce
± 9,245
8.99%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 8.64%

The number of people employed as Physician assistants has been growing at a rate of 8.99%, from 130,230 people in 2018 to 141,934 people in 2019.

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  41.5%, followed by Offices of physicians with 31.6% and Outpatient care centers with 11.6%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Physician assistants in the US. The average age of male Physician assistants in the workforce is 43.6 and of female Physician assistants is 37.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Physician assistants is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

46.6k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,301
95.3k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 7,577

67.1% 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)

73.7% of Physician assistants are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.07% 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

43.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.41
37.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.826

The median age of Physician assistants is 39.6, and Male employees are generally 5.86 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 Biology 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 6.85%, 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
6.85%
NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2018 to 2028) for Physician assistants. This profession is expected to grow faster than 6.85%, the average rate of national job growth.

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