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Want to work in North Carolina as a Physician Assistant? Read this first!

37.7% Jobs Projection
$102,180 Median Salary
450 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Physician Assistants Work in North Carolina?

5,010 people worked as Physician Assistants in 2018 in this state.

There were 4,510 Physician Assistants employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 500 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Physician Assistants in NC Employment Trend

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

Physician Assistants in NC vs. the Average State

Job Projections for North Carolina

Jobs for Physician Assistants in this state are growing at a rate of 37.7% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 37.4%.

Job Projections for Physician Assistants: Nation vs. NC

North Carolina Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 450 annual Physician Assistants job openings in North Carolina, and 6,210 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 North Carolina?

In 2018 wages for Physician Assistants ranged from $81,010 to $139,760 with $102,180 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $38.95 to $67.19. The median hourly rate was $49.13.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $47.71 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $1.42.

The median salary in North Carolina is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Physician Assistants Earnings: NC vs. National Average

Top North Carolina 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
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 730 $102,070
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 710 $99,210
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 680 $103,870
Raleigh, NC 640 $102,160
Asheville, NC 530 $102,940
Fayetteville, NC 270 $115,360
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 240 $105,090
Greensboro-High Point, NC 240 $99,730
Winston-Salem, NC 210 $100,090
Wilmington, NC 200 $108,790
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 150 $104,330
Rocky Mount, NC 70 $104,540
Greenville, NC 60 $102,790
Burlington, NC 60 $101,970
Goldsboro, NC 50 $99,580
Jacksonville, NC 50 $95,450

Top States for Physician Assistants Employment

View the list below to see 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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