Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Salary

An average Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $18.19 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to a majority, and two in five earn dental coverage. Most Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants survey respondents are women (79 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$14.07 - $25.35
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MEDIAN: $18.19
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.07 - $25.35  
   
Overtime
$21.37 - $39.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$2,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$29,624 - $57,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $38K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants make a median salary of $38K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $50K.

Key Stats for Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
▲30%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$38,000

Experienced
▼1%

Entry-Level
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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