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2021 AAPA Salary Survey

Welcome to the 2021 AAPA Salary Survey!

When it comes to negotiating for better pay and benefits, it’s important to know where you stand. By taking the 2021 AAPA Salary Survey, you are providing the data that will help PAs advocate for the salary and benefits they deserve—based on national, regional and state salary data, broken out by specialty and subspecialty, practice setting, years of experience and more. You do not have to be a clinically practicing PA to take the survey. 

The 2021 AAPA Salary Survey is open to any PA who worked as a clinician, educator, researcher, or administrator in 2020, even if you were impacted by COVID-19.

If you, your job, or your compensation were impacted by COVID-19 in 2020, we still need to hear from you! Understanding how the pandemic impacted the workforce and compensation among PAs is an important goal of this research, in addition to analysis for the traditional AAPA Salary Report.

Everyone who completes the 2021 AAPA Salary Survey, including nonmembers, will receive a FREE summary report of national-level PA compensation data (the 2021 AAPA Salary Report: National Summary), available this summer.

Data from this survey will be used to produce the annual AAPA Salary Report and the AAPA Salary Report: National Summary, which provide information about PA salary and benefits information for contract negotiation, including paid days off, professional development and expenses covered by employers, as well as vital data for state and federal legislative action, development of CME, scholarly publications and presentations, and understanding PA needs. These data help show the real value of PAs, and are used extensively by PAs, state organizations, AAPA, employers and others. 

Participation in this survey is voluntary. If you feel uncomfortable with a question, most questions have an option to select "I prefer not to answer" or skip a question. You may also withdraw from participation at any time. Your responses will be kept confidential and will not affect your membership or future interactions with AAPA. Basic demographic information may be used to update your AAPA profile, but no compensation or benefits data will be tied to your member record. Survey data will be stored on a secure network at AAPA and reported only as aggregate statistics. Deidentified information or datasets may be released to researchers and policymakers solely for the purpose of research, in accordance with U.S. privacy laws. No individual survey participant will be identified. 
 
The 2021 AAPA Salary Survey should take no more than 15 minutes! You can even save your work and return later if you are limited on time now.  Your responses will help the whole profession, including soon-to-graduate PA students. 


All US-based PAs who complete the survey by February 28, 2021, will be automatically entered in a drawing to win one of 20 $50 e-gift cards. Odds of winning vary by number of respondents. No purchase necessary; void where prohibited. The drawing will take place no later than 30 days after the survey closes, and winners will be notified within two weeks of that date. For a list of winners, contact us by email at [email protected]
1. Do you want to move the profession forward and make compensation and benefits more transparent?  *This question is required.By selecting "yes" you are consenting to participate in this research.