Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Salary

Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $18.28 per hour. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and about a third have dental, as well. Female Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14.90 - $26.07
$15
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.28
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Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $14.90 - $26.07
Overtime $30.00
Annual Data $0$60K
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$31,200 - $60,104
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 36

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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

  • Wash and sterilize equipment using germicides and sterilizers.
  • Position patients and cover with sterile surgical drapes.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 13 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 12 salaries. An experienced Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 9 salaries. An Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 8 salaries.

Key Stats for Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$39,000

Experienced
▼1%

Entry-Level
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
no benefits
None: 38%
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