Surgical Assistant Salary

Pay for Surgical Assistants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $20.81 per hour. In the world of Surgical Assistants, total cash compensation can vary between $31K and $78K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $24K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. More than half of Surgical Assistants (69 percent) survey participants are women. While some workers in this profession — about a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and over one-half have dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,708 - $90,957

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$14.29 - $32.55

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,708 - $90,957  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
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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$31,303 - $77,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.29 - $32.55  
   
Overtime
$16.93 - $49.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
   
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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$31,303 - $77,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 620
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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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As Surgical Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Oral Surgery Assistants, they may actually see their salaries decline sharply. The average Oral Surgery Assistant earns a much lower $35K on average. Surgical Assistants most often move into positions as Surgical Dental Assistants or Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants. Surgical Dental Assistants actually earn $13K less on average, however, and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants earn $13K less per year than Surgical Assistants do.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Assistant


Surgical Assistants seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Orthopedics, General Surgery, Robotics, and Open Heart are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 16 percent, 15 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral Surgery. For most people, competency in General Surgery indicates knowledge of Oral Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Surgical Assistant

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


Surgical Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $42K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $47K on average. Surgical Assistants bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings 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 85 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

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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