A Surgical Assistant earns an average wage of $20.55 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Robotics, Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN), Surgery, Orthopedics, and General Surgery.
Surgical Assistant Total Pay (?
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$32,981 - $95,437
(Median)
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95K
MEDIAN: $54,571
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Surgical Assistant Total Pay (?
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$13.89 - $31.88
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$32,981 - $95,437  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
Profit Sharing
$0.10 - $24,832  
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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$30,774 - $80,064  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 561
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.89 - $31.88  
   
Overtime
$17.22 - $47.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.10 - $24,832  
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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$30,774 - $80,064  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 561
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Surgical Assistant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Chicago
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Houston
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Honolulu
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Atlanta
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Nashville
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National Average
$48,000
Orlando
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Experience Affects Surgical Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%
National Average
$48,000

Skills That Affect Surgical Assistant Salaries

Robotics
up arrow 30%
Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 26%
Surgery
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National Average
$48,000
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Gender
Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 21%
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