Family Practice PA Salary Guide

How much do family practice physician assistance (PAs) make? And how does the salary for family practice PAs compare across states and between perm and temp work? Let’s get started!

Explore our Family Practice PA salary guide to discover:

  • Family Practice PA Salary
  • PA Salary by State
  • How Do Family Practice PA Salaries Compare Against Other PA Specialties?
  • How Much Will Family Practice PAs Make in 2024?

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How Much Do Family Practice PAs Make?

The average annual family practice PA salary is $125,270 per year in the U.S., according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, family practice PAs make a total of $134,000 per year, according to Medscape’s 2023 physician assistant compensation report. 

How Much Do Locum Tenens Family Practice PAs Make?

Locum tenens family practice PA can make upwards of $86 per hour on average, however, there are many factors that impact rates including location, years of experience, and the level of demand.

If you were to extrapolate that rate over a year (at 40 hours per week), the average locum salary comes out to around $178,880. 

That means locum tenens family practice PAs can make up to 33% more than the average provider. However, making direct salary comparisons can be complicated. While perm family practice PAs are more likely to be salaried, locum tenens family practice PAs are independent contractors earning an hourly rate, which can vary based on which assignments they take in a year. 

Furthermore, because locum tenens family practice PA are paid by the hour, the hours they work are directly reflected in their pay, while a salaried family practice PA additional hours may not be reflected in their salary.

Finally, paid time off and insurance may be reflected in the perm family practice PA salary structure, but locum tenens providers do have options when it comes to health insurance

Family Practice PA Salary by State

The most recent state breakdown of PA salaries comes from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, though the BLS was not able to collect enough data for all 50 states. That said, the top 5 highest paying states for PA salary are:

  • Washington 
  • California 
  • Alaska
  • Connecticut 
  • Nevada

How Do Family Practice PA Salaries Compare Against Other PA Specialties?

While the salaries for PAs by specialty have little differentiation, the setting in which PAs work can affect their compensation. The highest earning PAs by practice setting include: 

  • Operating Rooms/Surgery (Average PA salary of $145,000)
  • ICU (Average PA Salary of $142,000)
  • Emergency Department/Urgent Care (Average PA Salary of $139,000)
  • Acute Care Hospital/Inpatient Unit (Average PA Salary of 135,000)
  • Medical Office/Clinic (Average PA Salary of $129,000)

How Much Will Family Practice PAs Make in 2024?

The average PA salary increased by 4% from 2022 to 2023. Based on this information, family practice PAs can expect to make $139,360 in annual compensation in 2024. Also, Medscape reports that 59% of PAs have experienced an increase in their annual salaries from the previous year, indicating that family practice PA salaries will continue to rise in the future.

Find Your Next Family Practice PA Job with Barton

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We’ll schedule a phone consultation with a Barton Associates team member to discuss your interests, goals, and work history in order to get a sense of what you’re looking for in your next job.

Your Barton team will then go to work, compiling a list of open jobs in our extensive network that match your interests and skill set.



Once you’ve had a chance to evaluate your list of opportunities, your Barton rep will submit your information to facility you want to take an assignment at.

If there’s a match, we’ll work with the client manager on next steps.



Don’t worry! Barton Associates will handle licensing, credentialing, and travel arrangements before you arrive.

Your Barton rep will also work with your new facility to ensure you’re set up and ready to go on day one.


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