Long-time lurker, I was just offered a job (my first) in emergency medicine and I'm very excited to get my feet into this field. I researched salaries in the AAPA salary report and would like to solicit some additional thoughts on this.
Base salary $55/hour - translates to $92,400 base salary with 1680 hours expected annually (aka 140/hours a month)
$1.50 per RVU bonus, paid out bi-yearly
Malpractice with tail coverage in perpetuity
Health / Dental / Vision provided at a very low cost
Long-term disability insurance provided
Low-volume, small ER, semi-rural area. Low cost-of-living. I've been told I'll see about 10 patients per shift. Twelve hour shifts by default.
It's the field I've desired since staring PA school
Only day shifts, there is no overnight PA coverage
Access to every level of acuity. There is no fast track. So I'll really get to practice to the fullest extent.
Low patient volume means I can spend more time with patients and not feel super rushed while I'm learning or getting used to EMED
Supervision: I'll always be working with at least one physician who is willing to help and bounce questions off of me. I spoke with this person and they have a great attitude and outlook about emergency medicine. The group also states that they've trained up many new grads.
I'll have the ability to travel to different locations and/or pick up extra shifts
They will work with me to make sure all of my credentials get processed quickly
There is no PTO throughout the group. I've seen this before for EMED, but I also know that some people receive several weeks of vacation. I personally love my vacation time, so I was torn about it. I was told that people would take 2-4 vacations a year, but this involves moving shifts around or working less in a particular month.
The 401k is available, but there's no information on an employer match (because I don't think there is one)
Not sure how many RVUs I would generate with such a low volume of patients
I do not believe DEA fees will be covered. I also already paid for my state licensure fees out-of-pocket.
The offer seems very fair, especially for my location. But I'm obviously inexperienced and the doctor alluded that he expects me to negotiate and come up with a counter-offer. So I don't think I'm jeopardizing the job by coming back with something. I have all of my certifications and prior EMS experience if that means anything.
I also wanted to say that I see the RVU bonus as just that... a bonus. I don't really expect it to sway my decision by much. Does the value of $1.50 seem fair?
Thank you for your time.