The Average Salary of a Neurology Physician Assistants

An assistant is a physician's right hand.
An assistant is a physician's right hand. (Image: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is quick to point out that physician assistants and medical assistants shouldn't be confused with one another. Medical assistants are clinical and clerical helpers who take care of basic, routine tasks. Physician assistants are licensed professionals who oversee managerial duties, take care of patients with the physician and even, if need be, see patients on their own when the supervising physician is unavailable. The salaries of physician assistants who work for a neurologist are based on experience and location.

National Average Salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ran a survey of job salaries in 2010. As a result of the survey, it was discovered that physician assistants, including those who work with neurologists, earned a mean average of $41.89 an hour, which came to $87,140 a year. The salary scale ranged from the low end at $57,450 a year, to the high end at $117,720 a year.

Salary Based on Industry

In 2010, the employment services industry proved to be the highest-paying place of employment for physician assistants, who earned $104,860 a year on a mean average. However, only 1,040 of the 81,420 employed physician assistants worked for that industry, points out the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The biggest employer of neurologist assistants was physicians' offices, where the average pay was $87,150 a year. Those who worked in hospitals averaged $89,310 a year while those in outpatient services earned $89,900 a year.

Top-Paying States

Physician assistants who worked for neurologists earned the most money on average in Washington state in 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mean annual salary there was $98,620. In Wyoming, the average salary was $97,890 and in the District of Columbia it was $97,550. Connecticut and Texas were also top-paying states, at $97,420 and $96,940 respectively.

Top-Paying Cities

Move to Amarillo, Texas, if you want to earn the most money as a neurology physician assistant. In 2010, its average salary of $135,620 put it in first place as the highest-paying city for physician assistants. Other top-paying cities included Racine, Wisconsin, at $130,200, the Lake and Kenosha Counties of Illinois and Wisconsin at $124,430, and the Brownsville-Harlingten areas of Texas at $123,640 a year.

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