Surgical Assistant Salary

A Surgical Assistant earns an average wage of $20.61 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Bariatrics, Robotics, Orthopedics, Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN), and General Surgery.
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$35,056 - $84,019
$35K
$55K
$84K
MEDIAN: $55,226
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$14.39 - $31.52
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$21
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MEDIAN: $20.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,056 - $84,019  
   
Bonus
$499.33 - $11,693  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$30,754 - $75,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $31.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$17.45 - $49.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$499.33 - $11,693  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$30,754 - $75,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 595

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Surgical Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Surgical Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Surgical Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 377 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Surgical Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 205 salaries. An experienced Surgical Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 219 salaries. A Surgical Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 105 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,511

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Surgical Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Surgical Assistant?

Surgical Assistant in Rochester:
"Continuous learning."
Pros: The variety of work and the fact that I am helping to alleviate health problems very directly through surgery.
Cons: Potentially standing for 8+ straight hours, mandatory overtime.

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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Key Stats for Surgical Assistant

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Surgical Assistant Salaries

▲23%

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$47,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Surgical Assistant Salaries

Bariatrics
▲30%

▲27%

▲21%



Open Heart
▲13%

▲12%


Cardiovascular
▲10%

National Average
$47,000

Anesthesia
▼7%

▼15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 26%