10 Highest Paying Cities for Physician Assistants

Physician assistant salaries are affected by a multitude of factors. Scope of practice regulations in the state where a PA practices may make the provider more or less valuable to an employer. Competition in the job market along with the level of the PA's experience heavily influences pay. Location, not only at the state level, but at the city level also makes an impact on physician assistant salaries. 

If you're looking to relocate as a physician assistant, carefully consider how your move will affect your pay. Don't forget to consider cost of living in your location of interest to ensure your paycheck won't be stretched too thin in your new position. 

As you search for your next career destination, consider the following cities that come out on top when it comes to physician assistant pay. 

1. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Annual Mean Salary: $153,010

Hourly Mean Wage: $73.56

2. Longview, Texas

Annual Mean Salary: $151,670

Hourly Mean Wage: $72.92

3. South Bend, Indiana

Annual Mean Salary: $147,900

Hourly Mean Wage: $71.11

4. Brownsville, Texas

Annual Mean Salary: $69.41

Hourly Mean Wage: $144,370

5. Santa Rosa, California

Annual Mean Salary: $64.38

Hourly Mean Wage: $133,910

6. Manhattan, Kansas

Annual Mean Salary: $61.96

Hourly Mean Wage: $128,880

7. Evansville, Indiana

Annual Mean Salary: $61.93

Hourly Mean Wage: $128,820

8. Olympia, Washington

Annual Mean Salary: $61.80

Hourly Mean Wage: $128,540

9. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts

Annual Mean Salary: $61.15

Hourly Mean Wage: $127,190

10. Leominster, Massachusetts

Annual Mean Salary: $60.95

Hourly Mean Wage: $126,770


*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Not necessarily. In some states there is a disparity between NP and PA pay. Typically, this is a result of scope of practice laws favoring either NPs or PAs in that state. A greater scope of practice is usually associated with higher pay. 

Erin Tolbert

Does a NP makes the same amount in the above mention cities?


The mean annual wage in the NYC area is between $89,600 and $96,00.

Erin Tolbert

How NYC is ranked? Thanks.

Carlos Coello