Some lively discussion is taking place in the comments section of our latest salary survey posting on state results. What are your thoughts about the statements below? What is the real reason for a big salary difference between NPs and PAs?
"The salary discrepancies are more a function of the fact that there are a lot of PAs in high paying sub specialties such as CV surgery, Neurosurgery, ER medicine, etc. And maybe more men go into Ortho or CV surgery. But at least half of all practicing PAs in the US are women. There are at least as many women PAs in primary care/family medicine as men. And primary care pays less than perhaps more "male dominated" sub-specialties. NPs do not go into Ortho or CV surgery as frequently as PAs. These salary structures are based more on what type of medicine you practice and where."