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Physician Assistants in Illinois

Considering a career as a Physician Assistant in Illinois?

24.8% Jobs Projection
$105,660 Median Salary
280 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Physician Assistants in Illinois are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Physician Assistants in Illinois is growing faster than average.

  • Physician Assistants in Illinois earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Physician Assistants Work in Illinois?

2,670 people worked as Physician Assistants in 2018 in this state.

There were 2,720 Physician Assistants employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 50 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Physician Assistants in IL Employment Trend

The typical state has 1,190 Physician Assistants working in it, which means Illinois has more Physician Assistants than average.

Physician Assistants in IL vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Illinois

Jobs for Physician Assistants in this state are growing at a rate of 24.8% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 37.4%.

Job Projections for Physician Assistants: Nation vs. IL

Illinois Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 280 annual Physician Assistants job openings in Illinois, and 4,120 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 10,600 annual jobs and 145,900 total jobs in 2026.

What do Physician Assistants Make in Illinois?

In 2018 wages for Physician Assistants ranged from $73,160 to $135,840 with $105,660 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $35.17 to $65.31. The median hourly rate was $50.8.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $49.67 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $1.13.

The median salary in Illinois is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Physician Assistants Earnings: IL vs. National Average

Top Illinois Metros for Physician Assistants

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Physician Assistants.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,740 $105,770
St. Louis, MO-IL 560 $95,780
Springfield, IL 150 $90,430
Carbondale-Marion, IL 130 $102,470
Rockford, IL 110 $116,710
Peoria, IL 100 $99,140
Champaign-Urbana, IL 100 $114,420
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 70 $102,910
Bloomington, IL 50 $100,080

Top States for Physician Assistants Employment

The table below shows the states where most Physician Assistants work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
New York 12,060 $117,060
California 10,520 $118,500
Texas 7,930 $110,080
Pennsylvania 6,650 $97,720
Florida 6,040 $104,420
North Carolina 5,010 $102,180
Michigan 4,490 $108,200
Ohio 4,430 $105,940
Massachusetts 3,720 $110,110
Georgia 3,470 $104,460
Colorado 3,190 $103,070
Maryland 3,040 $106,940
New Jersey 2,810 $120,700
Illinois 2,670 $105,660
Virginia 2,510 $99,980
Washington 2,470 $122,710
Connecticut 2,300 $126,320
Arizona 2,100 $105,120
Wisconsin 2,020 $111,890
Tennessee 2,010 $93,010

Below are the states where Physician Assistants get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Connecticut $126,320
Washington $122,710
Alaska $120,990
New Jersey $120,700
Nevada $119,570
California $118,500
Wyoming $118,090
New York $117,060
Hawaii $116,230
District of Columbia $115,460


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