It’s Been a Weird Year: We Need You to Take the AAPA Salary Survey

No Matter Your Situation, We Need Your Compensation Data

February 1, 2021

By AAPA Research Department

The 2021 AAPA Salary Survey is open now! The data is vital to understanding the demographics of the profession as well as compensation and benefits of the more than 140,000 PAs in the United States. The Salary Survey is the data source for compiling the AAPA Salary Report, which is crucial to contract and pay negotiations and understanding PA worth. The data source is also used regularly for federal and state advocacy. Understanding the compensation and benefits of PAs, named the #1 Best Job by U.S. News and World Report, is one of AAPA’s top priorities.

This is where you come in. Your participation is crucial. You should receive an email to participate, but if you do not, you will be able to still take the survey through Look for the link on our social media channels in February.

PA Salaries During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the world, and PAs are on the front lines of the response. While risking health and well-being, some PAs saw their hours cut or experienced furloughs and termination. Some PAs have been concerned that because 2020 was a year of change, data may be skewed and give an inaccurate picture of the state of compensation and benefits in the profession. We still want you to take this year’s Salary Survey. It has been specifically adapted to understand not only national and state-level compensation, but to quantify the impact COVID-19 has had on compensation.

This year, you will be asked if your employment was directly impacted by COVID-19 in a variety of ways: decreased base pay or bonuses, reduced benefits, and a host of other changes. If you were fortunate and COVID-19 did not impact your compensation and benefits, the AAPA Salary Survey will look much to you like it always has. If you were impacted by COVID-19, you’ll receive follow-up questions, asking you to provide information about compensation and benefits in both 2020 as well as 2019.

This additional data will allow us to analyze your data in a variety of ways to understand compensation and benefits among PAs who were not impacted by COVID-19, and how compensation changed in the profession since last year. It will also allow us to understand how much compensation was impacted between 2019 and 2020 in PAs who were impacted by COVID-19, among other things.

All PAs who complete the survey, including nonmembers of AAPA, will receive a National Summary of compensation data later this summer as a thank you for participation. We hope we can count on you to aid in this important research. Start AAPA’s Salary Survey now!

Author is Timothy C. McCall, Ph.D., associate director of surveys and analysis. Contact him at [email protected].

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