Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Salary

Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $18.12 per hour. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little less than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$13.82 - $24.06
(Median)
$14
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.82 - $24.06  
   
Overtime
$17.75 - $45.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,479  
   
Total Pay (?
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$29,929 - $56,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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Job Description for Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant

Ophthalmic surgical assistants generally work for ophthalmologists in clinics, hospitals or doctors’ offices. They help ophthalmologists care for their patients, and they must maintain the operating room in accordance with established sterilization techniques. These assistants are responsible for cleaning and sterilizing medical instruments, assisting with surgical procedures, and helping transport patients from waiting rooms to examination or treatment rooms. Ophthalmic surgical assistants may also be required to train new ophthalmic surgical assistants, as well as help keep accurate, up-to-date patient records. They also need to anticipate surgeons' needs (such as related to instruments, sutures and sponges) during surgery, as well as respond to their requests promptly and efficiently. They must follow all relevant protocol, procedures and rules at all times.

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Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Tasks

  • Hand instruments and supplies during eye surgeries, hold retractors and cut sutures, and perform other tasks as directed by surgeon during operation.
  • Clean and restock the operating room, placing equipment and supplies and arranging instruments according to instruction.
  • Wash and sterilize equipment using germicides and sterilizers.
  • Position patients and cover with sterile surgical drapes.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 37%
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