Occupational Employment Statistics


29-1071 Physician Assistants

Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants. Excludes "Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics" (29-2041), "Medical Assistants" (31-9092), "Registered Nurses" (29-1141), “Nurse Anesthetists” (29-1151), “Nurse Midwives” (29-1161), and “Nurse Practitioners” (29-1171).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 9015$60.28/hr$45.07/hr$51.46/hr$58.30/hr$68.88/hr$82.97/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services1,940$56.32/hr
Public Administration20$53.98/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Rochester MN MSA N/A$57.49/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$56.48/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 50$56.84/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 70$56.47/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 80$56.06/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 90$54.03/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 90$58.30/hr17.8%
Northwest Balance of State 100$59.02/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 100$52.73/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 140$56.96/hr36.5%
Southwest Minnesota 160$54.43/hr32.3%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 190$56.40/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 200$56.33/hr9.6%
Southeast Minnesota 330$57.27/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,010$56.01/hr31.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,110$55.95/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,980$56.34/hr30.9%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Nurse Midwives 270$53.07/hr15.1%
Nurse Practitioners 3,880$56.52/hr27.8%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 820$43.06/hrN/A
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other N/A>$100/hrN/A
Obstetricians and Gynecologists 580>$100/hr14.7%
Internists, General 1,180>$100/hr12.8%
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 1,330N/A18.4%
Physical Therapists 4,740$41.62/hr17.8%
Pediatricians, General N/A$97.64/hrN/A
Occupational Therapists 2,960$36.08/hr11.0%

  • Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition.
  • Make tentative diagnoses and decisions about management and treatment of patients.
  • Obtain, compile and record patient medical data, including health history, progress notes and results of physical examination.
  • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
  • Instruct and counsel patients about prescribed therapeutic regimens, normal growth and development, family planning, emotional problems of daily living, and health maintenance.
  • Administer or order diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests.
  • Interpret diagnostic test results for deviations from normal.
  • Verify availability of operating room supplies, medications, and gases.
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of technicians and technical assistants.
  • Verify availability of operating room supplies, medications, and gases.