Become a Locum

Locum as a Physician Assistant

By embracing locum tenens, you unlock a realm of freedom and flexibility. You have the autonomy to determine your own schedule, select the locations where you practice, and liberate yourself from financial concerns associated with running your own practice. 

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Earning Potential

The average income for PAs who exclusively engage in independent locum work stands at $127,521 annually, though this figure can fluctuate for a variety of reasons. It's important to note that this average pertains specifically to those who commit to locum work as their primary mode of practice, rather than individuals who undertake locum assignments sporadically alongside permanent positions. For physician assistants who locum, income potential often surpasses that of their permanently employed peers, but this advantage varies widely. Factors influencing income disparities include the individual's experience, chosen work schedule (whether part-time or full-time), the demand in certain states, and other pertinent considerations.

*This data represents an aggregation of salary statistics derived from four authoritative sources: the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ZipRecruiter,, and Indeed. Each source is recognized for its reliability and comprehensive coverage of employment data.

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South Carolina

Job ID: JN -052024-17224

Setting: Outpatient

Length: June 1st – 17th

On Call: No

Schedule: Part-Time

Degree: MD/DO


Job ID: JN -052024-17210

Setting: Outpatient

Length: 9 days

On Call: No

Schedule: Part-Time

Degree: NP


Job ID: JN -052024-17142

Setting: ER

Length: 3 months with option to extend

On Call: No

Schedule: Full-Time

Degree: NP

Why Locum as a Physician Assistant?

Try A Variety of Medical Settings

Part of establishing a successful medical career is figuring out what works for you. Many practitioners find out that specific settings or facilities don’t fit their career goals and passions until after they’ve accepted a permanent job. By trying short assignments in a variety of places, you can locate a job that satisfies your needs.

Be Flexible

Working exclusively as a locum means you have control over when you work, where you work, and what kind of facility or setting you want to be in. Many seasoned physicians will utilize locum tenens as a way to transition to retirement.

Travel The Country

If you’re tired or burnt out from working in the same place long term, locum tenens might be a great option for you. Many of our physicians choose to work with a medical staffing agency because they can choose locum assignments at or near travel destinations. To make assignments seem less like work, we give providers a concierge experience. Never worry about travel or lodging. We will take care of that.

Supplement Income

Many of our PAs use locum tenens as a way to supplement their primary income. Why? It’s a great tool for saving extra money for retirement, paying for trips, knocking out student loans and so much more.

Points of Contact for Physician Assistants

Brent Burrows

Divisional Vice President
of Account Management

Ryan Morrow

OF Client Services

Cullen Wall

Divisional Vice President
of Account Management

Amy Gentile

OF Client Services

Landon Webb


Your First 5 Steps
Charting Your Course in Locum Tenens

Choosing to work independently as a PA outside of a typical permanent placement can seem very daunting. Locum tenens staffing agencies exist to help you navigate the job market and streamline the process of starting assignments. Here are five steps to start a locum tenens career.

One of the primary considerations for PAs pursuing locum tenens opportunities is securing state licenses. The application processes and approval times can vary significantly, ranging from weeks to several months. To expedite the process, take advantage of the Medical License Compact, which simplifies licensing in certain states. Ensure you meet all state requirements to avoid unnecessary delays in your locums career.

Partnering with a reputable locum tenens agency can make all the difference in your locums journey. These agencies specialize in connecting PAs with exciting job opportunities, handling credentialing and paperwork, and sometimes covering state licensure costs.

Take your time to research different agencies. Consider factors like job settings, supported states, specialties, and the agency’s rapport with its staff. Finding the right fit will set you on the path to a successful locums assignment.

Understanding your career goals and lifestyle preferences will help in choosing your ideal practice setting. Whether you prefer the charm of small rural clinics or the pace of high-volume facilities, communicating your preferences to the locum tenens agency is essential. Remaining open-minded to trying different settings can also enrich your professional experience.

Another detail to share with your locums recruiter is your preference of schedule. Are you looking for a full-time position or looking to take on extra work outside of your permanent job?

Once you’ve selected a reputable agency, it’s time to apply for locum positions. Prepare a comprehensive CV that highlights your qualifications, licenses, certifications, and references. During the application process, be ready to discuss your availability, compensation expectations, and preferred practice settings. A strong CV and help from locum tenens agencies increase your chances of getting the assignments you want.

Before you embark on your locums adventure, it’s essential to gather relevant information about the position and facility from your agency. Additionally, conduct your own research on the local culture, transportation options, and customs to ensure a seamless transition. Properly plan ahead and gather all necessary equipment and supplies, especially for remote assignments. By being well-prepared, you can make the most of your locum tenens career, enjoying rewarding experiences and flexibility.

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