Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Salary

For Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants, hourly average wages total $18.28 per hour. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one in three. Women account for the majority of Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants who took the survey — 83 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction for Ophthalmic Surgical Assistants is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$15.33 - $26.49
$15
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.20
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Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $15.33 - $26.49
Overtime $28.50
Annual Data $0$57K
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$32,206 - $57,463
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 31

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Job Description for Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant

Ophthalmic surgical assistants generally work for ophthalmologists in clinics, hospitals or doctors’ offices. They help ophthalmologists care for their patients, and they must maintain the operating room in accordance with established sterilization techniques. These assistants are responsible for cleaning and sterilizing medical instruments, assisting with surgical procedures, and helping transport patients from waiting rooms to examination or treatment rooms. Ophthalmic surgical assistants may also be required to train new ophthalmic surgical assistants, as well as help keep accurate, up-to-date patient records. They also need to anticipate surgeons' needs (such as related to instruments, sutures and sponges) during surgery, as well as respond to their requests promptly and efficiently. They must follow all relevant protocol, procedures and rules at all times.

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Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Tasks

  • Hand instruments and supplies during eye surgeries, hold retractors and cut sutures, and perform other tasks as directed by surgeon during operation.
  • Clean and restock the operating room, placing equipment and supplies and arranging instruments according to instruction.
  • Wash and sterilize equipment using germicides and sterilizers.
  • Position patients and cover with sterile surgical drapes.

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Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 13 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Ophthalmic 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 $40,000 based on 12 salaries. An experienced Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 9 salaries. An Ophthalmic 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 $50,000 based on 8 salaries.

Key Stats for Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$39,000

Experienced
▼1%

Entry-Level
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
no benefits
None: 32%
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