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Surgical Assistant Salary

Surgical Assistants in the United States take home an average $20.69 per hour. In the world of Surgical Assistants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $25K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $32K and $79K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Just under a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a little more than half claim dental coverage as well. There are more female Surgical Assistants who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 69 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,664 - $95,571
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$96K
MEDIAN: $54,652
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$14.39 - $32.20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$34,664 - $95,571  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $24,658  
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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$31,506 - $78,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $32.20  
   
Overtime
$17.78 - $49.11  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $24,658  
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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$31,506 - $78,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 564

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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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Popular Skills for Surgical Assistant


Survey results imply that Surgical Assistants put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Orthopedics, Robotics, Open Heart, and General Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 16 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Oral 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.


For Surgical Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $42K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $46K. Surgical Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. 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 $59K.

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
$47,000



Skills That Affect Surgical Assistant Salaries


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

Surgery
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 23%