Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Salary

Median pay for Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $18.30 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants. Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 85 percent. Although roughly two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, over one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$13.63 - $24.22
(Median)
$14
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.63 - $24.22  
   
Overtime
$17.75 - $45.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,462  
   
Total Pay (?
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$29,611 - $55,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $40K. Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $42K.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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