I am a new grad PA-C in North Carolina and I recently received an offer for a full-time emergency department position with a well-respected physician’s group. I would love to get some feedback on the salary and benefits that the group has offered me and input as to whether or not it seems like a fair deal. Here are the basics of the contract:
§ Moderate annual patient volume, outskirts of large city
§ 12-12hr shifts per month (average), minimum of 144 shifts yearly
§ Annual Salary: $95K ($55/h base) + RVU productivity bonus if exceeds guaranteed base
o RVU rate: 4 = $52.50, 5=$57.00, etc
§ Any additional shifts: $55/hr
§ $1,000 CME reimbursement
§ $500 yearly for licenses and dues
§ $2,500 “additional compensation” upon signing contract (with stipulations regarding the many situations they could demand this fee back)
§ Options for medical, eye and dental
§ 401K with 5% matching, after 1 year
§ Malpractice w tail
§ NO PTO – no vacation, sick days, no time off for CME
Is this comparable to other new grad ED offers? To other new grad North Carolina offers? I’ve been able to find some stats from AAPA and NCCPA on the mean salary of emergency med PA’s nationally, the mean salary of North Carolina PAs, and the national mean salary of newly certified PA’s, but nothing specifically on what new grad PA’s in North Carolina going into the emergency department should expect to make. How much weight can be placed on the mean emergency department PA salary when discussing a new grad position?? How much less should a new grad salary be compared to that of the “average” ED PA?
I do know that some of my peers were offered $75/h + full benefits just a year ago as new grads working in a comparable emergency department a few cities away, and some that were offered $60/h as a starting salary when they were new grads more than SEVEN years ago…. It is hard for me to believe that there could be such a large discrepancy between their salaries and the salary offered to me by this reputable physicians group. However, A few of my EM mentors have told me $55/h, even as a new grad, is unreasonable and that no PTO would have been a deal breaker for them. I have politely questioned the ED recruiter about the lack of sick days/PTO in hopes that they might budge, but they do not seem amenable to this. I am willing to work hard to prove my worth and commitment to the organization and I know the job would provide great experience which I am eager to obtain, but I don’t want to be taken advantage of just because I’m a new PA.
Would anyone mind sharing their thoughts/experiences? Any input would be very much appreciated! Thank you!