American Academy of Physician Assistants

AAPA Research

One of AAPA’s most important responsibilities is to collect and analyze data to track growth and change in the PA profession. The data are collected from various surveys and other instruments and are maintained by AAPA's Research Department. Below you will find links to many valuable resources derived from AAPA data, as well as bibliographies of external research.

Salary Report 

A comprehensive overview of PA salaries across the United States. The Salary Report is free to AAPA members. If you are not an AAPA member, you may purchase your copy of the Salary Report for $500. 

Annual Survey

The AAPA Annual Survey is a survey of physician assistants, both AAPA members and nonmembers. It collects general demographic information, compensation and workforce-related data to promote the PA profession and inform policy.

State practice profiles

AAPA provides State Profiles for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each profile includes the total number of PAs, specialty distribution and setting distribution for the state.

Bibliography and resources

Recently published  AAPA-reviewed literature about PAs and the PA profession.

Data requests

Request data and assistance from AAPA’s research department for a wealth of leadership research, analytical capacity, literature and data about PAs and PA students as well as pertinent health workforce issues.

Research archives

A bibliography about research and issues within the PA profession from before 2000.