Quote from lovanurse
hello, i am a 4th year fnp/ dnp student. three more semesters to go!!! yay i originally applied to another school to be a physician's assistant. this was before i obtained my rn. i was not accepted into the school because my 3.8 gpa was not good enough. unfortunately, there were 3 slots left and there were a couple of people with higher gpa's then me. anyway, i just read this article about np vs. pa salary and was wondering if any of the np's are working alongside a pa that is making more money than them? why do you think that is? here's the link that shows a study that pa's make a lot more that np's.
bottom line the data is probably bad. on the pa side they had a total of 1200 pas which represents less than 1.5% of pas. the aapa census gets around 25% of all pas in practice. the number are much different.
for pas the average salary $93k. this isn't much different than the advance data on nps (which represents around 4% of nps). traditionally the difference has been attributed to the greater percentage of pas who are male (see the comment in advance about the male female difference which also exists among pas). the other difference is the percentage of pas in surgical specialties which traditionally have paid better. the complaints about the data is that its probably a little low since specialty pas are under represented.
the data from aanp is probably better. it shows an average salary of 97k.
this is probably a little high since nnps are over represented in the survey.
other problems are not knowing the denominator for some of the specialties. for example the numbers about primary or secondary pas is frankly ludicrous. in the aapa data there are only 31 pas (or .03%) doing this job. i can't imagine this is more than 1 or 2 people. also there are a number of other problems with the data. it relies on self description as a pa or np. this leads to the possibility of manipulation especially given the small numbers.
bottom line the advance data is poorly done and has a number of problems. the aanp data is probably the best thats out there. the aapa data is used by the department of labor as the definitive data on the pa profession. its hard to directly compared aanp and aapa data because they use a different way of measuring salary. the salaries for nps are very close with pas in surgical fields making more than average and nnp making more than average.