Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

29-1071 Physician Assistants

Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants. Exclude "Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics" (29-2041), "Medical Assistants" (31-9092), and "Registered Nurses" (29-1111).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
60,030 4.2 % $31.15 $64,790 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.30 $24.47 $31.57 $38.10 $43.94
Annual Wage (2) $35,980 $50,890 $65,670 $79,240 $91,380

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Offices of physicians 31,780 $31.05 $64,590 1 11
General medical and surgical hospitals 15,770 $31.53 $65,590 2 9
Outpatient care centers 3,060 $34.61 $71,980 3 3
Federal government (OES designation) 2,270 $33.53 $69,730 4 5
Offices of other health practitioners 1,330 $21.58 $44,880 5 21

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Scientific research and development services 140 $35.53 $73,900 18 1
Office administrative services 390 $34.66 $72,090 10 2
Outpatient care centers 3,060 $34.61 $71,980 3 3
Individual and family services 80 $33.57 $69,820 20 4
Federal government (OES designation) 2,270 $33.53 $69,730 4 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Maine 690 $36.60 $76,130 0.117% 17
South Carolina 2,050 $22.93 $47,700 0.116% 116
New Mexico 800 $27.99 $58,220 0.109% 74
Delaware 410 $36.07 $75,040 0.102% 32
Washington 2,480 $34.68 $72,130 0.097% 65

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 190 $43.61 $90,700 0.065% 14
Arkansas 190 $37.76 $78,550 0.017% 18
Maine 690 $36.60 $76,130 0.117% 17
California 4,460 $36.50 $75,930 0.031% 74
Delaware 410 $36.07 $75,040 0.102% 32

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO MSA 360 $23.57 $49,020 0.303%
Asheville, NC MSA 270 $34.75 $72,290 0.248%
Portland, ME MSA 320 $39.60 $82,360 0.207%
Bangor, ME MSA 100 $34.15 $71,040 0.176%
Glens Falls, NY MSA 80 $31.09 $64,660 0.160%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Anchorage, AK MSA 60 $56.39 $117,280 0.044%
Panama City, FL MSA (6) $51.20 $106,500 (6)
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL MSA 120 $50.88 $105,840 0.023%
San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles, CA MSA (6) $47.99 $99,820 (6)
Stockton-Lodi, CA MSA 50 $46.59 $96,900 0.025%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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