Salary & Benefits Data


In the comprehensive 2009 Report on Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants that was commissioned by the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and conducted by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), compensation and benefit data was collected and analyzed. Results are broken down by SEMPA members, non-members and total respondents. 
 

Salary Type | Income Levels | Compensation Type | Insurances & Professional Fees |
Annual Vacation Allotment | Annual CME Funding |
Annual Paid CME Time Off Allotment | Membership in Professional Societies 


SALARY

Salary Type

As indicated by the table below, the majority of all respondents are compensated with hourly wages. However, a statistically significant difference is noted in the method of compensation between SEMPA members and non-members. Nearly 36% (35.38%) of SEMPA members are compensated by salary, as compared to 27.25% of non-members; 66.88% of non-members are compensated by hourly wage while 60.92% of SEMPA members are compensated in that manner. A larger percentage of SEMPA members are compensated by salary, and a larger percentage of non-members are paid by hourly wages.   

Salary Type 

SEMPA 

Non SEMPA 

All Respondents 

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Hourly Wage 

198

60.92%

513

66.88%

711

65.11%

Salary 

115

35.38%

209

27.25%

324

29.67%

Other 

12

3.69%

45

5.87%

57

5.22%

Total 

325

100%

767

100.00%

1092

100.00%

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Income Levels

As indicated by the table below, most EMPAs earn more than $90,000 annually.    

Salary Intervals 

SEMPA 

Non SEMPA 

All Respondents 

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Less  than $50,000 

4

1.29%

18

2.52%

22

2.14%

$50,000-$59,000 

4

1.29%

10

1.40%

14

1.36%

$60,000-$69,000 

6

1.93%

10

1.40%

16

1.56%

$70,000-$79,000 

31

9.97%

46

6.43%

77

7.50%

$80,000-$89,000 

47

15.11%

109

15.24%

156

15.20%

$90,000-$99,000 

72

23.15%

171

23.92%

243

23.68%

$100,000  or greater 

147

47.27%

351

49.09%

498

48.54%

Total 

311

100%

715

100%

1026

100%

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Compensation Type

Survey recipients were asked to provide information on any types of compensation they receive in addition to their base pay. There was no statistically significant relationship for the additional compensation types. The two most frequent responses provided by both SEMPA members and non-members were overtime and compensation for productivity/performance.    

Compensation Type 

SEMPA 

Non SEMPA 

All Respondents 

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Surgical Assist Fee 

1

0.26%

5

0.63%

6

0.51%

Overtime 

163

43.12%

358

44.86%

521

44.30%

Administrative Pay 

58

15.34%

112

14.04%

170

14.46%

On Call Services Pay 

21

5.55%

39

4.89%

60

5.10%

Compensation on Productivity/
Performance
 

126

33.33%

277

34.71%

403

34.27%

Supervision of EMT Crews 

9

2.38%

7

0.88%

16

1.36%

Total 

378

100%

798

100.00%

1176

100.00%

  

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BENEFITS

Insurances & Professional Fees

The following tables provide EMPA data results for insurance and professional fees. 

 

SEMPA 

 

All

Partial

Some

 

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Professional Liability 

320

17.03%

5

0.50%

3

0.29%

Individual Health 

141

7.50%

139

13.79%

48

4.58%

Family Health 

90

4.79%

162

16.07%

76

7.24%

Dental 

93

4.95%

137

13.59%

98

9.34%

Disability 

145

7.72%

94

9.33%

89

8.48%

Term life 

144

7.66%

79

7.84%

105

10.01%

Pension Retirement 

97

5.16%

178

17.66%

53

5.05%

State License 

196

10.43%

26

2.58%

106

10.10%

DEA Fees 

208

11.07%

22

2.18%

98

9.34%

NCCPA 

180

9.58%

31

3.08%

117

11.15%

Professional Organization 

161

8.57%

53

5.26%

114

10.87%

Medical Publication 

104

5.53%

82

8.13%

142

13.54%

Total 

1879

100.00%

1008

100.00%

1049

100.00%

 

Non SEMPA 

 

All

Partial

Some

 

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Professional Liability 

753

17.89%

4

0.20%

11

0.36%

Individual Health 

335

7.96%

281

14.16%

152

5.03%

Family Health 

200

4.75%

325

16.38%

243

8.04%

Dental 

218

5.18%

279

14.06%

271

8.96%

Disability 

276

6.56%

197

9.93%

295

9.76%

Term life 

244

5.80%

186

9.38%

338

11.18%

Pension Retirement 

214

5.09%

387

19.51%

167

5.52%

State License 

462

10.98%

45

2.27%

261

8.63%

DEA Fees 

476

11.31%

38

1.92%

254

8.40%

NCCPA 

410

9.74%

44

2.22%

314

10.38%

Professional Organization 

371

8.82%

67

3.38%

330

10.91%

Medical Publication 

249

5.92%

131

6.60%

388

12.83%

Total 

4208

100.00%

1984

100.00%

3024

100.00%

  

All Respondents 

Partial 

Some 

  

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Professional Liability 

1073

17.63%

9

0.30%

14

0.34%

Individual Health 

476

7.82%

420

14.04%

200

4.91%

Family Health 

290

4.76%

487

16.28%

319

7.83%

Dental 

311

5.11%

416

13.90%

369

9.06%

Disability 

421

6.92%

291

9.73%

384

9.43%

Term life 

388

6.37%

265

8.86%

443

10.88%

Pension Retirement 

311

5.11%

565

18.88%

220

5.40%

State License 

658

10.81%

71

2.37%

367

9.01%

DEA Fees 

684

11.24%

60

2.01%

352

8.64%

NCCPA 

590

9.69%

75

2.51%

431

10.58%

Professional Organization 

532

8.74%

120

4.01%

444

10.90%

Medical Publication 

353

5.80%

213

7.12%

530

13.01%

Total 

6087

100.00%

2992

100.00%

4073

100.00%

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Annual Vacation Allotment

The following table provides EMPA data results for annual vacation allotment.

 

Vacation Time 

SEMPA 

Non SEMPA 

All Respondents 

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

1 week 

10

3.06%

17

2.21%

27

2.47%

2 weeks 

50

15.29%

124

16.15%

174

15.89%

3 weeks 

43

13.15%

114

14.84%

157

14.34%

4 weeks 

76

23.24%

168

21.88%

244

22.29%

5 weeks 

34

10.40%

67

8.72%

101

9.22%

6 weeks 

19

5.81%

31

4.04%

50

4.57%

Greater than  6 weeks 

12

3.67%

20

2.60%

32

2.92%

None 

83

25.38%

227

29.56%

310

28.31%

Total 

327

100%

768

100%

1095

100%

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Annual CME Funding 

The following table provides EMPA data results for annual CME funding.  

CME Benefit 

SEMPA 

Non SEMPA 

All Respondents 

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Less than $500 

3

0.92%

23

2.99%

26

2.37%

$500-$999 

18

5.50%

67

8.72%

85

7.76%

$1000-$2000 

162

49.54%

366

47.66%

528

48.22%

Greater than $2000 

106

32.41%

174

22.66%

280

25.57%

None 

38

11.62%

138

17.97%

176

16.07%

Total 

327

100%

768

100%

1095

100%

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Annual Paid CME Time Off Allotment

The following table provides EMPA data results for annual paid CME time off allotment.  

Time 

SEMPA 

Non SEMPA 

All Respondents 

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

1 week 

148

45.12%

330

42.97%

478

43.61%

2 weeks 

25

7.62%

42

5.47%

67

6.11%

Greater than 2 weeks 

7

2.13%

9

1.17%

16

1.46%

None 

148

45.12%

387

50.39%

535

48.81%

Total 

328

100.00%

768

100.00%

1096

100.00%

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Membership in Professional Societies

The following table provides EMPA data results for membership in professional societies.  

Organization 

SEMPA 

Non SEMPA 

All Respondents 

  

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

Frequency

Percent

AAPA 

263

49.91%

448

43.45%

711

45.64%

State PA 

222

42.13%

308

29.87%

530

34.02%

None 

6

1.14%

213

20.66%

219

14.06%

Other 

36

6.83%

62

6.01%

98

6.29%

Total 

527

100.00%

1031

100.00%

1558

100.00%

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