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Hello, I'm a hospitalist PA with current practice in MN but I am moving to CA (Sacramento area) to be with my sig other.  I was offered a position at a cardiology clinic in town and they have never hired a PA or NP before. Can anyone tell me what is the average annual salary for a PA in CA? Thank you

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I can't comment on cardiology in CA but if it helps you get a bit of perspective, I'm a graduating PA-S who recently received multiple offers in FM all over CA (northern, central, and southern) from community health centers and none of them were below six figures. PAs seem to be on the higher salary range in the state. 

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I work as a respiratory therapist and make six figures. Nurses make more money than me. It seems like FM or private practices pay PAs low..

 

 

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Check out the AAPA salary report. Fairly helpful in estimating salary. If you're in California working as a PA in a specialty, I don't see any way you could take a job for under $100k even as a new grad. 

 

As far as nurses' pay, I agree that there are a lot of nurses that get paid more than I do, but that's including overtime and way more hours to be full time than I work. NorCal pays their nurses very, very well, and the traveling nurses even better. 

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One of my friends started with 90K doing orthopedics in SF. I started off with 120K in outpatient primary care in SF. The rent is high in the city. I heard Stanford pays news PAs starting at 130K. So it depends on location and the practice but I think 90K+ is fair for a California PA in general. Hope this helps!

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I work as a respiratory therapist and make six figures. Nurses make more money than me. It seems like FM or private practices pay PAs low..

 

 

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Where are you working as an RT making 6 figures? You're either working 80 hours a week or doing sales.

Definitely not the norm. I'd go back to being an RT if I could make 6 figures, I'd be able to catch up on my sleep

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Where are you working as an RT making 6 figures? You're either working 80 hours a week or doing sales.

Definitely not the norm. I'd go back to being an RT if I could make 6 figures, I'd be able to catch up on my sleep

I work at Barlow. Sorry to mislead you, I didn't specify that I'm putting in overtime. But if a PA salary monday through Friday job will pay the same, I don't see the benefit? Anyways, too late now I'm starting PA in august and I'm excited nonetheless

 

 

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California is a big state, it would help if you were more specific. I made 95K + 10% of collections as a new grad. Just got a 5K bump after 1 year. This is in LA.

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California is a big state, it would help if you were more specific. I made 95K + 10% of collections as a new grad. Just got a 5K bump after 1 year. This is in LA.

That's great as a new grad. Was this salary or hourly? I think I would prefer 12hr shifts and hang on to 2 jobs. I'm just that kind of guy when it comes to work. I grind hard. The great thing about this profession are the endless opportunities for growth.

 

 

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That's great as a new grad. Was this salary or hourly? I think I would prefer 12hr shifts and hang on to 2 jobs. I'm just that kind of guy when it comes to work. I grind hard. The great thing about this profession are the endless opportunities for growth.

 

 

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This is salary, M-F. No call/weekends though.

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I was looking at cardiology in SF/Bay Area and offers were between $130-144 K but then again I have completed a cardiology residency.

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Some of these salaries make me sad! I wish I started at over 100K.  5 years out and I have my first salary over 100K. And I am grateful! 

 

I started in the beautiful town of Asheville NC, making about 84/year. Moved to UC, made a bit more. 

 

I guess you have to compare cost of living.

 

but wow.  

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Considering I'm looking at houses around $700K, I guarantee you're better off in Asheville NC making $84K/year :) Good thing my wife works too!

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Considering I'm looking at houses around $700K, I guarantee you're better off in Asheville NC making $84K/year :) Good thing my wife works too!

 

 

 

$700k lol ....Sweet mercy.

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They still doing a lot of interest-only loans over there, or did that go away in the big blowup?  Just curious.

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Haven't heard of people doing it, but not sure. I know getting approved is a lot harder, but there's always ways around it. 165K is what my wife and I make before my bonuses and this was enough to be qualified for a 700K house with 10% down through a major bank. Mortgage/taxes/PMI will be around $4K/month.

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Thank you everyone. I ended up accepting a position with Kaiser Permanente with excellent pay and benefits for a 35h work week.  The bigger health care systems will pay you so much more compared to these small private clinics (ab ~50k difference in base salary?)

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@aimyhixtela: Not necessarily... I know of a place that starts PAs at about 135k for FP/IM.

 

Nurses here make more IF they work overtime or they've been working for a hundred years... And working OT.

 

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13 hours ago, Joelseff said:

@aimyhixtela: Not necessarily... I know of a place that starts PAs at about 135k for FP/IM.

 

Nurses here make more IF they work overtime or they've been working for a hundred years... And working OT.

 

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My comment was to show OP values to relate to. I emphasized 'FM in community health centers' because when people hear those words they hear 'low wages'. My highest offer was 120K starting as a new grad. Surely specialties and for-profits ought to pay more. 

I agree that nurses make a killing here but that's after a lot of work. My uncle's a retired RN after working nearly 2 FT jobs at Kaiser and Sutter for 25+ years. He was bringing in around $250K which is just ridiculous. I will say though, when your state income tax alone is around 10% or higher it's gotta make you want to cry a little. lol.

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Im a new grad and work in the central valley. My blended rate for 3 12s is $68. Additional 12 is $73.33. $87 for anything after that plus any holidays which i try to work. So about 170 for 48 hrs/wk. Next year i get 7% 401k match (12k)  and bonus est 5k so about 190. 4 wks pto. 

 

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On 12/16/2017 at 5:44 AM, roger777 said:

Im a new grad and work in the central valley. My blended rate for 3 12s is $68. Additional 12 is $73.33. $87 for anything after that plus any holidays which i try to work. So about 170 for 48 hrs/wk. Next year i get 7% 401k match (12k)  and bonus est 5k so about 190. 4 wks pto. 

 

 what speciality is this?

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