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In its 2008 census report, the American Academy of Physician Assistants reported mean total income (MTI) from primary employer for clinically practicing PAs working at least 32 hours per week. ADVANCE compiled this chart using data from AAPA's individual specialty reports.

Specialty MTI
Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic surgery  $110,468
Dermatology  $104,474
Emergency medicine  $99,635
Neurosurgery  $98,024
Critical care medicine  $96,984
Radiology  $95,214
Orthopedics  $94,916
Anesthesiology  $93,370
Plastic surgery  $92,633
Occupational medicine  $92,323
Trauma surgery  $91,417
Urology  $90,462
General surgery  $90,094
Pain management  $89,059
Cardiology  $87,812
Hospital medicine  $87,550
Otorhinolaryngology  $86,856
Geriatrics  $85,973
Psychiatry  $85,361
General internal medicine  $85,076
Addiction medicine  $84,627
Oncology  $84,336
Gastroenterology  $84,268
Family medicine  $84,173
Pediatrics  $83,021
Neurology  $81,762
Allergy/Immunology  $81,557
Public health  $81,387
Rheumatology  $81,224
Nephrology  $80,842
Obstetrics/Gynecology  $79,229
Endocrinology  $78,956

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It is time to renew my contract. I found out another provider in my office who just left was being paid considerably more than I am ($8,500 a year). We work with separate doctors - who determine our salary. I feel I should make at least as much as she was - we have the same responsibilities. It is a large raise to ask for. How can I tactfully let the doctor I work with know that he is underpaying me? I am not supposed to know how much she was making.

Kathy Hemming,  physician assistantSeptember 24, 2012
Salt Lake City, UT

We have a fantastic job opportunity for a CT Physician Assistant

Location: Richmond, VA, 23249

Pay Range:
Up to $121,000 base salary with 40 hour work week
A generous sign-up bonus

Experience: 2 - 5 years preferred
Education: Bachelor degree
Travel Required: none

The Physician Assistant (Cardiothoracic) will work in the Surgical Service of the hospital. The Physician Assistant will be primarily responsible for providing care for patients in the SICU working in the Operating room. The Physician Assistant may perform the following duties:
First assists with full spectrum of adult cardiac surgery including Ventricular Assist Device (VAD), transplant and thoracic programs.
Performs radial artery and saphenous vein harvesting.
Performs chest tube insertion, thoracentesis, central line placement, and balloon pump removal.

Please e-mail me if you would like to consider this position

Gundars KatlapsMarch 22, 2012
Richmond, VA

Why in the world does a PA specializing in dermatology make more than a PA specializing in Neurosurgery? That doesn't quite add up all the way.

Mike Smith,  Physician's Assistant Student,  UMESDecember 07, 2010
Princess Anne, MD

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