Surgical Assistant Salary

Surgical Assistants in the United States take home approximately $20.80 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Surgical Assistants — which occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $24K from profit sharing — stretch from around $31K to approximately $78K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Surgical Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Surgical Assistants survey participants are largely women, dominating at 68 percent. One-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and just over a half claim dental coverage as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,545 - $91,231
(Median)
$36K
$55K
$91K
MEDIAN: $55,086
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$14.30 - $32.53
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$14
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,545 - $91,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,021  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $24,468  
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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$31,315 - $77,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.30 - $32.53  
   
Overtime
$16.86 - $49.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,021  
   
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $24,468  
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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$31,315 - $77,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 615
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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.

Common Career Paths for Surgical Assistant


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Surgical Assistants who advance into positions like Oral Surgery Assistant may end up with significantly less money. Reported pay for Oral Surgery Assistants is $35K on average. Surgical Assistants most often advance into Surgical Dental Assistant and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant positions even though the median salaries are $13K lower and $13K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Assistant


Survey results imply that Surgical Assistants put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Orthopedics, General Surgery, Robotics, and Open Heart are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 16 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral Surgery. Most people familiar with General Surgery also know Oral Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Surgical Assistant

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


For Surgical Assistants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $42K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $47K on average. On average, Surgical Assistants make $55K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $60K.

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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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National Average
$47,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 25%
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