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Surgical Assistant Salary

Earnings for Surgical Assistants in the United States come in at around $20.77 per hour on average. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a little over a half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Surgical Assistants is high. Female Surgical Assistants are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,417 - $96,901
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$34K
$56K
$97K
MEDIAN: $55,659
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$14.15 - $32.52
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$21
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$34,417 - $96,901  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,024  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $3,000  
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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$30,928 - $79,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.15 - $32.52  
   
Overtime
$17.26 - $49.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,024  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $3,000  
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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$30,928 - $79,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 500
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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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For Surgical Assistants who transition into Oral Surgery Assistant roles, career advancements may correlate with a sharp decline in salary. Higher-end positions like Oral Surgery Assistant pay an average of $35K. Many Surgical Assistants choose to become Surgical Dental Assistants and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $14K less and $14K less, 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, facility with Robotics, General Surgery, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 19 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral Surgery, plastic surgery, and 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Surgical Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $41K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $48K. Surgical Assistants see a median salary of $58K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $60K.

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
$48,000


Skills That Affect Surgical Assistant Salaries

Robotics
up arrow 36%



Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 8%

National Average
$48,000

Surgery
up arrow 4%

plastic surgery
up arrow 6%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 24%