PA salaries: What determines male and female PAs' salaries? — 5 details

Written by Adam Schrag | March 20, 2017 | Print  |

Female physician assistants earn less than their male counterparts, according to the 2016 AAPA Salary Report.

Here are five things to know:


1. Male physician assistants earn a median base salary of $105,000 from primary clinical employers while female PAs earn $94,000.


2. Men earn the most after practicing as PAs for 15 years to 19, at which point their annual salaries are roughly $115,000.  


3. Women earn the most after working as PAs for at least 20 years, when they earn roughly $110,000 annually.


4. Male PAs earn the most when working in surgical subspecialties ($110,000 median base salary) while female PAs earn the most when working in emergency medicine ($99,600 median base salary).


5. The authors recommend PAs seek accurate compensation information and come in ready to negotiate a contract to reduce compensation disparities.


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