It’s well known that physicians earn significantly more than physician assistants. But, how much more? Several factors come into play in comparing salaries of healthcare providers. Location and specialty are primary influencers. Comparing PA and MD salaries on a state-by-state basis gives a more in-depth picture of differences in compensation between the two professions. Remember, physician assistant scope of practice regulations also affect PA salaries and may account for variations across state lines.
Overall, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, family and general practice physicians earn a mean annual wage of $186,320. Physician assistants earn, on average, $97,280. So, primary care physicians earn about $89,040 more annually than PAs. Physician salaries listed below are broken down by state and reflect data for family and general practice physicians.