Sunday, August 8, 2021

Physician Assistant Pay in the Great Plains Region

Data published recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) put physician assistant (PA) employment in the U.S. at just over 125,000 as of May 2020.  The Great Plains region of the country was home to about 7,700 of those physician assistants according to the BLS data.  BLS data revealed a mixed story about physician assistant pay levels in the region.  Two Great Plains states, Minnesota and North Dakota, collectively the home of more than 36% of the region's PAs, were among the fifteen best states in the country in terms of physician assistant annual mean wages.  However, another 36% of the region's physician assistants worked in Kansas, Missouri or South Dakota, three states that ranked in the bottom third nationally for average PA annual mean wage levels.  A closer examination of BLS data from May 2020 revealed the following about physician assistant pay in the Great Plains region:

Physician Assistant Pay in the Great Plains Region
Physician Assistant Pay in the Great Plains Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IA 940 $117,770 18th
KS 1,030 $109,640 35th
MN 2,570 $122,280 12th
MO 1,240 $94,020 47th
NE 1,150 $113,240 28th
ND 250 $119,270 13th
SD 510 $109,290 36th
U.S. 125,280 $116,080 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 24, 2021

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