American Academy of Physician Assistants

AAPA Exclusive Salary Data Shows Continued Growth in Size of and Demand for the PA Profession

AAPA Report Offers New Information on the Role PAs Play in Shaping Healthcare

Sept. 26, 2016

Contact: James Tyll, 571-319-4394,   

Alexandria, Va.— According to new data from the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), PA (physician assistant) compensation continues to increase faster than both national inflation and most other professions, and has consistently done so for more than 15 years. The 2016 AAPA Salary Report shows an increase of 3.4 percent in national median base salary for PAs between 2014 and 2015, and an overall increase of about 50 percent greater than the rate of inflation between 2000 and 2015. The comprehensive new report also provides evidence for the rapid growth of the PA profession, citing the fact that it has doubled in size every decade since 1980 and grew by more than a third between 2010 and 2015 alone. Despite this rapid growth, PAs remain in high demand nationwide.  

“The growth of the PA profession in terms of size and compensation is just the tip of the iceberg,” says AAPA CEO Jennifer L. Dorn. “PAs are going beyond just healthcare by taking on new leadership roles in health systems around the country. They are well positioned to drive change as the U.S. healthcare system adapts to a growing and aging population, the shift towards value-based care, and a renewed focus on patient education and prevention. In short, the state of the PA profession has never been stronger.”

The new report represents the most detailed study of PA compensation in the nation, with nearly 16,000 respondents and an overall margin of error of +/- 0.72 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. Additionally, the report contains more than 40 easy-to-read tables with categories such as state, specialty, employer type, work setting and years of experience. Data from the 2016 AAPA Salary Report will equip healthcare thought leaders with the information they need to understand the changes to our national healthcare system and the role PAs are playing in shaping its future.

More information on the 2016 AAPA Salary Report can be found at:

About the American Academy of PAs
AAPA is the national organization that advocates for all PAs and provides tools to improve PA practice and patient care. Founded in 1968, AAPA represents a profession of approximately 108,500 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories and the uniformed services. Visit to learn more.