Physicians Assistant Salary



Physicians Assistant Salary Canada

A Physicians Assistant Salary Canada or PA Salary in Canada is calculated by the Canadian Salary and Wage Guide and from a variety of other sources. Physician Assistants work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools.

The average Physician Assistant salary varies depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the Physician Assistants reflected here were working an average of 35 hours per week with a total of 1750 hours per year.

Socialized Medicine
In Canada, Socialized Medicine makes sure that all Canadian citizens are assured medical care for themselves and their family under the Canadian health care system. This health care program provides Canadians preventative, as well as daily medical care from doctors. This ensures all Canadian citizens access to good medical and health care. Nearly all Canadian citizens, regardless of income or medical history qualify for this unique medical care.

Basic health care is provided through this national program. Some medical services such as optical care, dental and some optional medical care is provided through employer or private insurance.

Physicians Assistant Salary Canada Data:

Median Hourly  

Country

Low

Median

High

Canadian

24.7471 CAD

36.4458 CAD

40.3103 CAD

United States

$25.30

$37.26

$41.21

Annually

Country

Low

Median

High

Canadian

43,308.33 CAD

63,772.67 CAD

70,533.81 CAD

United States

$44,275

$65,205

$72,118

The lowest physician’s assistant salary in Canada is less than $43,500 CAD while the highest salary is over $70,500 CAD. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas. The highest pay levels are found in metropolitan areas. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries. Part time vs. full time employment may also be a factor.

Top 5 Provinces and Territories
The best paying Canadian Provinces and Territories for Physician Assistants to earn a salary are Calgary-Alberta, Ottawa-Ontario, London-Woodstock Area-Ontario, Edmonton-Alberta and Vancouver-Lower Mainland Southwest-British Columbia.

Other Industries that Employ Physician Assistants
The Canadian Labour Market Information site lists the government, schools, securities brokerages, and private businesses as also employing Physician Assistants.

Where They Work
Of all the Physician Assistants employed in Canada the majority work in clinics and doctors’ offices. A number of them work in emergency departments and other acute care settings.

Private Practice vs. Employment
A rapidly growing trend in the healthcare arena is the use of the Physician’s Assistant. Physicians Assistants work directly under a physician. The potential for partnerships exists which would allow the PA to earn a share of the profits earned by the business.

Benefits
Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors. A typical employment benefits package is worth over $15,000 CAD per year. Many physicians are self-employed. As a small business they can set up and participate in the benefits that their business provides. While Canada’s healthcare plan covers most healthcare needs there are some that are provided through employer provided benefit plans.