Tuesday, January 26, 2021

20 Best Metro Markets for Physician Assistant Pay

Previously, we examined Physician Assistant Pay in the Top 20 Metro Areas.  The largest U.S. metropolitan areas certainly provide physician assistant practitioners with many more employment opportunities than do smaller metro areas.  However, the better compensation levels are actually found in smaller markets. This can be readily seen in May 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which shows that only two of the 20 largest metro areas in the nation were among the 20 best metro markets for physician assistant pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Salinas, CA 100 $161,370
2 Leominster-Gardner, MA 50 $156,250
3 Waterbury, CT 140 $154,550
4 Danbury, CT 130 $147,500
5 New Bern, NC 50 $146,880
6 Santa Rosa, CA N/A $144,230
7 Visalia-Porterville, CA 80 $141,840
8 Chico, CA 40 $138,270
9 Hartford-W Hartford-E Hartford, CT 910 $138,050
10 Yuba City, CA 80 $137,210
11 Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 70 $136,320
12 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 260 $135,970
13 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 50 $135,690
14 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (#) 1200 $134,630
15 Fairbanks, AK 60 $134,240
16 Olympia-Tumwater, WA 70 $133,470
17 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (#) 1,690 $132,610
18 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 290 $131,880
19 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 640 $131,040
20 Midland, TX 30 $130,330
National 120,090 $112,410

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on October 28, 2020