PA Salaries Continue to Increase

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Salaries for physician assistant continue to climb. According to the National Salary Survey of NPs & PAs, conducted annually by ADVANCE for NPs & PAs, full-time salaries for physician assistants rose by more than $5,000 in 2014.

Survey Methods
We conducted our annual survey using an online questionnaire created with software from Fluid Surveys, a company specializing in online data collection. The survey was live from June 1 through Nov. 30, 2014.

Our national salary survey has gathered data on the PA profession since 2010. In 2014, 541 PAs completed the National Salary Survey. This is a significant decline in participation compared to prior years.

Results
In 2014, the average physician assistant working full time earned $112,344. Full-time salaries for PAs increased by $5,076 over 2013, when earnings were $107,268. This is an increase of 4.73%.

For PAs working part time or being paid according to an hourly rate, the increase was 10% – a hike of $5.51 per hour over 2013. See the table for an overview of these findings in comparison to the past several years.

Our survey also determined that among PAs, the average number of years in practice rose from 11.97 in 2013 to 13.45 in 2014, a 12.4% increase.

What’s Next?
We will share additional data from the 2014 National Salary Survey of Physician Assistants on our website in coming months. Visit our site often to view and download detailed reports on salary by practice setting, state and academic degree.

To receive notification of these focused reports as they become available, sign up for our free e-newsletter using the form posted in the upper right corner of our homepage, www.advanceweb.com/NPPA.

A Note About Privacy
ADVANCE for NPs & PAs values reader and respondent privacy, and we will never share or inappropriately use personal data obtained during the salary survey data collection process.

We collect city, state, geographic setting and specialty information to present an accurate view of the demographics of the respondents.

Our goal is to present the most accurate and representative data about salary and workplace issues for PAs. To do so, we need better participation from PAs in 2015. Please share these results with your colleagues and encourage them to participate in our next annual salary survey.

Data collection for this year’s survey opens June 1 at www.advanceweb.com/NPPA.

Kristen Hopf is a freelance writer who lives in Denver.

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