American Academy of Physician Assistants

AAPA Research

One of AAPA’s most important responsibilities is to support research and 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.


PA Research Agenda

AAPA’s goal is to serve as the facilitator of the PA research community in support of the PA research, convening critical discussions, identifying and facilitating research on important research topics related to PA workforce, practice, outcomes, and value. To this end, AAPA supports the PA Research Agenda.

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 $200.

The AAPA Salary Survey 2015 is now closed. Results from this survey will be available by the fall of 2015.


AAPA National Survey

The AAPA National 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 research assistance from AAPA’s research department for a wealth of leadership research, literature and data about PAs and PA students as well as pertinent health workforce issues. AAPA currently offers Survey Distribution Lists for qualified researchers.

Research archives

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

Physician Assistants Research Team Initiative (PARTI)

A new initiative designed to bring together member voices to help shape AAPA's research agenda. Members will take short surveys and participate in meetings, conference calls, task teams and other activities. Time commitment: Minimal