Surgical Assistant Salary

Median pay for Surgical Assistants in the United States is around $20.82 per hour. Total cash earnings of Surgical Assistants range from $31K on the low end to $77K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $24K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for Surgical Assistants is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a little more than half receive dental plans. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,009 - $88,520
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$35K
$54K
$89K
MEDIAN: $54,301
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$14.22 - $32.19
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$35,009 - $88,520  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,501  
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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$31,018 - $76,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 201
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.22 - $32.19  
   
Overtime
$16.49 - $49.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,501  
   
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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$31,018 - $76,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 729
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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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Surgical Assistants may actually experience a considerable salary drop if they transition into a Oral Surgery Assistant position. Pay for Oral Surgery Assistants averages $35K per year. Surgical Assistants most frequently become Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants and Surgical Dental Assistants even though median compensation is $12K lower and $13K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Assistant


Survey results show that Surgical Assistants use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Bariatrics, Orthopedics, and Robotics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 19 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Oral Surgery. Those proficient in General Surgery are, more often than not, also skilled in 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $48K. For Surgical Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. Surgical Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $59K on average.

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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

Bariatrics
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Open Heart
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National Average
$47,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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