Time: Physicians lead very busy lifestyles, their schedule includes performing call, surgeries, outpatient clinics, consultations to other services, and in patient wards. They manage and oversee staff and their personal clinics – which involves a lot of work similar to managing a small business. PAs are essentially “employed/supervised under physicians” and thus may, in comparison, provide more time for leisure, and having more time for family
Salary: Physicians are extremely comfortable (typical salary for family physicians in Ontario is between $200,000 to $300,000 depending on scope of practice, with specialists making more). However, as medical residents they start off making approximately ~$51,000 per year in Ontario. Keep in mind that physicians also have to pay overhead if they run their own clinics – this includes rent for their office, salaries of staff including administrative assistants / medical secretaries, PAs/NPs or RNs they may have hired, medical supplies, and EMR software, etc.
On the other hand, Physician Assistant Salary is comfortable and enough for a good standard of living. Starting salary for physician assistants starts at $75,000-$80,000 including benefits in Ontario. Competitive salaries are higher and there are a few Physician Assistants on the Ontario Sunshine List who make $100,000+, with pay scale and benefits. PAs do not pay for overhead since they do not run their own clinics.