my question is one that i have seen asked in a recent post but i was wondering if anybody could be more specific. it is in regards to salary. i know that many say the high end is typically about 120,000 for a surgical pa. my question is WHEN is that achieved? will i be in my last year of practice before i see that money? the association of physician assistants in cardiovascular surgery, or the apacvs, has a salary range for these surgical physician assistants and the high end reads 213,000 with 20 plus years experience. is this legitimate? the site is www.apacvs.org. my main interest is in cardiac surgery. i do not want to sound money hungrey but i am considering the pa profession and will need some prerequisite work to get into pa school. however, before applying i would like to get a real grasp on what my expected earnings should be. thanks for any help.