The Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows average salary for physician assistants to be $97,280. Other salary reports show the average salary to be well over $100,000. According to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the average annual compensation for physician assistants is $84,326 in primary care, $97,207 for surgical specialties. A job package often includes an additional $6,000 to $7,000 worth of retirement benefits per year.
When you’re evaluating two job offers it is important to look at everything that is offered and not just the base salary. A good tip: Make a chart and comparing everything side by side. Remember, as you search for new jobs and meet with potential employers, you are interviewing them just as much as they are interviewing you. Take everything into account, including the retirement benefits.