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How Do NP and PA Salaries Compare by State?

I'm often asked questions about the nurse practitioner and physician assistant professions and how they relate. In what way are roles for NPs and PAs different? How does the nurse practitioner education compare with that of a physician assistant? And, of course, there's the inevitable salary question - how does compensation for NPs and PAs compare? Since salaries vary significantly by location, it can be helpful to answer that last question by looking at compensation data for each specific state.

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Did You Know that NPs & PAs Can Work for the CIA?

I heard about the coolest (and totally top secret) job the other day. In one of those friend of a friend conversations, I learned about a physician assistant who is going to work for the CIA. The job opportunity really piqued my interest. Based on the retelling of this individual's experience so far, the clinical position pretty much fits the CIA stereotype complete with arms training, a bag full of disaster supplies and deployment to an area of the country that's a known hot zone. 

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Here's the Average Physician Assistant Pay, By State

Scope of practice laws, specialty, setting, experience and geographic location are the most important factors that determine physician assistant compensation. Laws in some states, for example, limit utility of PAs in that region keeping compensation low. In contrast, other states may allow physician assistants a high degree of autonomy making them more valuable in practice - so, they command higher salaries.

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Which Region of the U.S. Has the Highest PA Salary?

If you're a physician assistant or thinking about becoming one, salary is undoubtedly a major consideration in your career choices. The setting, specialty and geographic location where you practice all make a difference in how much you'll earn. While practicing as a PA isn't all about the Benjamin's, its important to make sure you're being paid appropriately for the work you do. Not to mention, you've probably got some student loan debt to pay off. So, in which region of the country do physician assistants earn the most?

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The Average Pay for Physician Assistants, Revealed

Is your physician assistant salary above or below average? If you're a PA student thinking about budgeting for loan repayment, how much can you expect to earn in your first job? Sources and online polls can vary pretty widely when it comes to average PA salaries. Small sample sizes and geographic differences can skew online surveys leading to inaccuracies and therefore misaligned expectations. So, here at MidlevelU we've gone to the source, Uncle Sam, to give us an idea of how much the average physician assistant can expect to earn. 

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Physician Assistants Earn the Most in These Cities

Salary is naturally a consideration for physician assistants deciding where to put down roots. Some geographic locations boast significantly higher salaries than others. Whether as a result of scope of practice regulations, a supply and demand mismatch, or a local preference for physician assistants over other healthcare professionals, some cities pay physician assistants top salaries.

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4 Tax Writeoffs for Physician Assistants

Ugh, I am still procrastinating from filing my taxes this year. The worst part about my lack of initiative when it comes to the task is that I have a CPA. So, filing taxes really only means gathering several documents that have been accumulating dust in my desk over the past 12 months and making a handful of calculations. Yet, somehow the job still seems insurmountable. There is a silver lining, however when it comes to filing taxes as a healthcare provider. Physician assistants, for example may be able to write off several career related expenses reducing overall tax liability. 

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What’s the Difference Between NP and PA Certification Exams?

I work with a number of physician assistants in the emergency department. We function in the same capacity, our employer not making a nurse practitioner vs. physician assistant distinction. Although our work looks the same, I have noticed a few differences between myself, an NP, and my PA colleagues. From time to time, for example, the physician assistants I work with take time off to attend board review conferences and study for recertification. As an NP, however, I am not required to take a test to re-certify. In what ways do NP and PA certification differ?

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Where are Physician Assistant Salaries Decreasing?

Over the past several weeks here on MidlevelU, we've been looking at the latest salary trends for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Depending on the location where you practice, compensation can vary significantly if you're an NP or PA. Cost of living, the job market and scope of practice laws in your state are just a few of the factors affecting pay. Last week we checked out states where physician assistant salaries have increased more than $10K. But, where is compensation for PAs decreasing?

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Salaries for Physician Assistants Increased More than $10K in These States

Its widely established that physician assistants have a pretty good gig. The profession, for example, has been featured on well known ranking sites like U.S. News. While salaries for PAs are solid at the national level, some states stand out as being more favorable environments for physician assistants to practice. 

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6 Worst States for Physician Assistants

Last week we talked scope of practice regulations for physician assistants here on the MidlevelU blog. While the physician assistant career looks similar in many ways for PAs across the country, state laws do affect the way physician assistants are allowed to practice. For example, state scope of practice regulations may dictate the type of medications PAs are allowed to prescribe, or outline what physician supervision for PAs looks like. 

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Decoding Physician Assistant Scope of Practice Regulations

All healthcare providers, physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants alike practice under a set of rules and regulations. While some of these guidelines are implemented at a federal level, states also get a say in how providers are allowed to practice. These sets of guidelines are referred to as scope of practice regulations. State legislatures have the authority to modify them as they see fit. This means the way each type of provider practices looks different in every state. 

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