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Results of the 2006 AAPA Physician Assistant Census survey indicate that the mean total income from primary employer for clinically practicing PAs working full-time (32 or more hours per week) was $84,396 (standard deviation $21,975); the median was $80,356. The mean total income in 2005 was $81,129.
an MD has 8 years of extensive medical training vs. a PA with 2 years of much less intense training.