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I was recently given an offer for an entry level (new grad) hospitalist position that would be $70,000 annual and would go up to $100,000 after 1-2 years. 

 

Am I wrong to feel shocked by this? It seems super low even for a new grad with no experience. I have reviewed the most recent AAPA salary report. The position is 4 shifts a week and then a 5th shift covering admissions is added on during your 1st year. 

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Shifts are 10 hours. I'm not sure about OT or charting - could this make a big impact on overall pay? I'm new to this.

 

As far as benefits, PTO is 22/days per year with 7 paid holidays and 5 paid CME days.

 

To be clear, this isn't an official offer (hence the lack of full info), but this is the info I was given when I asked for details about salary. 

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Shifts are 10 hours. I'm not sure about OT or charting - could this make a big impact on overall pay? I'm new to this.

 

As far as benefits, PTO is 22/days per year with 7 paid holidays and 5 paid CME days.

 

To be clear, this isn't an official offer (hence the lack of full info), but this is the info I was given when I asked for details about salary.

 

If it's 10 hour shifts then that is roughly $35/hour for the four shifts a week.

 

If this is a salary position then when they tack that extra shift on during the year then it drops to $28/hr equivalent. If it is an hourly position without OT then your salary bumps to $87,500. If it is an hourly position with OT then it jumps to $96,250 when you hit that extra shift.

 

They also need to pin down 1 or 2 years for the raise, because that is a $30,000 difference to your bottom line if they hold the raise until year two.

 

The starting salary is rather low, even more so if they make it salary and then drop another 10 hours a week admitting patients on you, which will assuredly happen far sooner than they promise and than you are comfortable with.

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Yeah I feel like 70,000 is really scraping the floor of what a PA is worth, even right out of school. Obviously you are not as productive right out of school but 70k is borderline embarrassing for an offer, especially if its salaried and they can require more hours for no additional pay. I might consider if it was for the first 3 months, but 1-2 years is way to long to be working under market value if you have other options. 

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Unless this is some amazing academic institution that is going to be residency level training I would look elsewhere. I'm 3 years out as a hospitalist and around 115k with 40 hours per week and 6 weeks vacation. This is in the Midwest to put it into context.

 

 

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What did you get paid initially? I wasn't aware that residency programs pay PAs to go through them. That's similar to doctors' residencies.

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I made 70k out of school in 1996.....

This. You shouldn't need any other assurance that you should be making more and walk to the next job than you're being offered a 20 year old salary rate.

 

I made more than 70k in my first year and I was in the military, who arguably pays the worst, especially in the first year.

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