I am a PA working in general and vascular surgery. I have 15 years experience and I have been trying to find information on current PA salary in Ohio. I am meeting to discuss my contract and want to be prepared with accurate data. I believe I am significantly underpaid from talking with other PAs. The AAPA census would cost $275 and that would be for 2010 info. What kind of benefits are surgical PAs getting and what type of salaries/hourly rates are surgical PA getting in Ohio? Thank you for any information you are able to provide.
I work in trauma surgery in Akron. I graduated in December of 2009 and I was started at 72,900 in March 2010. After a recent salary increase, I am now at 81,997 (don't know why they didn't just make it 82k). I work 40-45 hours most weeks, sometimes a little more. No call, no weekends, day shifts only. I accrue paid time off (which is used toward vacation, holidays, and sick days). Accrual rates increase with increasing seniority. I currently accrue 23 days per year. Health insurance partially paid. Malpractice covered 100%. $1200 per year for CME.
Would you mind sharing your own current stats and what you are hoping for?
Thank you for the information. I work with a general and vascular surgeon and started out with no surgical experience, so took $42/hr working 8 hours a week. Now I work 24 hours/ week (2- 12 hour shifts). After 4 years working there and completing a doctorate program, they would like me work full time. I am trying to negotiate a higher pay as I have looked at other positions. Other offers are $54-$60/ hour. I like my position, but think I am underpaid. If I agree to work 36 hours I would like benefits-CME and higher pay, but want to have some input from other PAs to make sure my requests are reasonable. I currently get no CME or association dues. I do have OPERS and accrue time off sick and vacation. I have partially paid health insurance as part time employee of the hospital. Malpractice is covered.
Go buy the aapa data. It helps no one to try to guess at data and it is a great resource. For all that aapa doesnt do it does keep track of salary data then any other national agency I have ever been a part of. It really does help and provides very tangilble defendable data that you can give to them.
36 hours is full time
Pay for all licenses
One week CME
Four plus weeks vacation
Two week of holidays
Should be over 100k for this committment
I would push hard for productivity pay or some type of bonus program also
The Fine Print - you didn't pay for my advice so please consider this when reading it. I don't care about typos so don't tell me I can't type. I vote for a PA-MD bridge program for IM with 1 yr academic then 2 years residency for IM board cert only, or a CAQ with more independent practice.
I have to agree with Ventana. Pay for the salary data. Did you participate in the AAPA census? Last year, they gave a discount if you participated. I paid for it, as I am trying to convince my employer to pay me more as well. I am still relatively new to the PA profession (2 years out), but I also feel I am underpaid for what I do. However, I have not seen any offers in the $54-60/hr range in my area. Perhaps it is because PAs are underutilized in my region of ohio. Last year's AAPA data listed Ohio's overall median salary for PAs as 86,500, Ohio-Vascular Surgery median was 96,000. The data breaks it down more for you based on your level of experience, etc. I found it to be very helpful.
Ohio is the most likely the most underpaid state for PA's. The average in US is $93,xxx of course depending on specialty. I started at $52000 in IM 2005 and still below average compared to US national average or working in Pain Management. If money is a big motivator move to another state. I have family that I cannot leave. You might be able to work more on benefits than salary in Ohio. There is an hospitalist group still offering $72,000 for experienced PA's.