A Surgical Assistant earns an average wage of $20.67 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Bariatrics, Robotics, Orthopedics, Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN), and Open Heart.
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$34,814 - $82,515
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MEDIAN: $54,902
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$14.44 - $31.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,814 - $82,515  
   
Bonus
$499.33 - $11,693  
Profit Sharing
$3,537  
Total Pay (?
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$30,959 - $74,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $31.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$19.10 - $47.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$499.33 - $11,693  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,537  
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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$30,959 - $74,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 620
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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

National Average: $46,573

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Surgical Assistant Reviews

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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Experience Affects Surgical Assistant Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Surgical Assistant Salaries

Bariatrics
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Open Heart
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National Average
$47,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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