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Surgical Assistant Salary

The average Surgical Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $20.77 per hour. In the world of Surgical Assistants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $25K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $31K and $79K. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and just over a half have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Surgical Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,170 - $94,910
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$34K
$55K
$95K
MEDIAN: $54,867
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$14.34 - $32.37
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$34,170 - $94,910  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,041  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $24,658  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,221 - $78,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.34 - $32.37  
   
Overtime
$17.66 - $49.85  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,041  
   
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $24,658  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,221 - $78,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 584

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Job Description for Surgical Assistant

Surgical assistants provide assistance surgeons during medical procedures in the operating room. They work directly under surgeons and must follow their orders at all times. Surgical assistants' work also includes preparation for surgeries, including following antiseptic techniques and sterilization procedures. Individuals in this position must also consistently check that required equipment is functioning properly and does not need maintenance. Work hours vary greatly depending on the employer and position, but often shift flexibility and long shifts are required. Surgical assistants generally must be on call for long periods, but actual work during these times varies based on demand. This position involves potential exposure to hazardous environments, ranging from body fluids and chemicals to radiation and diseases.

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Surgical Assistant Tasks

  • Examine patients, collect, and update health histories and convey discharge instructions.
  • Document, process, and track patient and procedure information in electronic systems.
  • Assist during operations and procedures by providing tools, sterilizing, and performing medical tasks.
  • Prepare patients and rooms for procedures.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Assistant


Surgical Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Orthopedics, Robotics, General Surgery, and Open Heart are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral Surgery. Those familiar with General Surgery also tend to know Oral Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Surgical Assistant

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $41K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $47K on average. For Surgical Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. Surgical Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $60K on average.

Surgical Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Surgical Assistant?

Surgical Assistant in McLean:
"Interesting."
Pros: I love working with people. My main goal is to make sure patients have a great experience no matter how scared or anxious they are.
Cons: Because we are a surgical office, we usually only see patients two or three times and their treatment with us is over.

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Experience Affects Surgical Assistant Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect Surgical Assistant Salaries


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Open Heart
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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plastic surgery
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National Average
$47,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 24%
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