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How Much Do Physician's Assistants Make Per Year?

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Physician assistants can practice medicine when supervised by doctors and surgeons. Formal training typically takes at least two years, though most assistants have a college degree. Passing a national exam is also required for professionals to obtain a license. The highest-paid physician assistants make more than double the earnings of the lowest-paid ones.

Earnings

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As of May 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that the median compensation of physician assistants is $84,420 yearly. The bottom 10 percent make $55,880 and the upper 10 percent receive $115,080.

Industries

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The industry type affects wages. The top five highest-paying for this job are employment services, in which rates are $104,780; residential mental retardation, mental health and substance abuse facilities at $103,520; specialty hospitals (except psychiatric and substance abuse) at $90,940; outpatient care centers at $87,060; and general medical and surgical hospitals at $86,850.

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States

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The state in which a job is performed decides salaries. This job's highest-paying are Nevada, with compensation at at $103,500; Washington at $98,880; Connecticut at $96,380; District of Columbia at $95,610; and Alaska at $92,180.

Urban Areas

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The urban area in which a job is located affects pay, with the top five for income in this profession being Chattanooga, Tennessee, in which compensation is at $142,220; Racine, Wisconsin at $124,930; Lake County, Illinois at $121,270; Las Vegas, Nevada at $113,460; and Ocala, Florida at $112,420.

Employment Numbers

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The areas with the most employment do not offer the best income. The industries with the most job opportunities are offices of physicians, in which rates are at $84,720; and general medical and surgical hospitals at $86,850. The states with the greatest concentration of jobs are Maine, with salaries at $85,950, and South Dakota at $81,530. Finally, the cities with the most physician assistants per person are Fayetteville, North Carolina, with salaries at $89,650, and Glens Falls, New York, at $86,100.

About the Author

Aurelio Locsin has been writing professionally since 1982. He published his first book in 1996 and is a frequent contributor to many online publications, specializing in consumer, business and technical topics. Locsin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scientific and technical communications from the University of Washington.

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