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 16012$60.18/hr$44.06/hr$50.91/hr$58.39/hr$69.84/hr$83.53/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services80$58.97/hr
Education and Health Services2,250$57.44/hr
Public Administration30$53.34/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Southeast Minnesota N/A$57.88/hr36.9%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/A$56.44/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$58.25/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 30$55.07/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 60$55.88/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 60$58.69/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 80$56.18/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 100N/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State 100$57.16/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 140$59.61/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 150$56.52/hr32.3%
Central Minnesota 160$58.41/hr36.5%
Northwest Minnesota 160$58.39/hr17.8%
Northeast Minnesota 190$55.70/hr9.6%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 210$56.15/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,360$57.49/hr31.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,420$57.62/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,360$57.46/hr30.9%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Nurse Midwives 220$56.79/hr15.1%
Nurse Practitioners 3,970$57.81/hr27.8%
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 1,250$70,603.61/yr18.4%
Physical Therapists 4,670$41.10/hr17.8%
Occupational Therapists 3,020$36.66/hr11.0%
Pharmacists 6,520$67.18/hr5.6%
Chiropractors 1,170$38.77/hr11.2%
Exercise Physiologists 250$28.20/hr10.6%
Registered Nurses 71,000$38.16/hr11.1%
Athletic Trainers 720$51,386.66/yr20.5%

  • 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.