Surgical Assistant Salary

Surgical Assistants in the United States take home an average $20.50 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by career duration and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by about one-half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$33,291 - $94,204
$33K
$56K
$94K
MEDIAN: $55,967
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$14.53 - $31.98
$15
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MEDIAN: $20.66
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$0$94K
Salary $33,291 - $94,204
Bonus $196.27 - $11,601
Profit Sharing $500
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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$30,750 - $79,096
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 159
Hourly Data $0$52
Hourly Rate $14.53 - $31.98
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $19.89 - $52.22
Annual Data $0$79K
Bonus $196.27 - $11,601
Profit Sharing $500
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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$30,750 - $79,096
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 618

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.

Common Career Paths for Surgical Assistant


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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 $36K per year. Many Surgical Assistants choose to become Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants and Surgical Dental Assistants as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $12K less and $12K less, respectively.

Surgical Assistant Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Surgical Assistant


Popular Skills for Surgical Assistant


Survey takers working as Surgical Assistants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Bariatrics, Robotics, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 27 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral Surgery and Anesthesia. The majority of those who know General Surgery also know Oral Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Surgical Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Surgical Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Surgical Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 377 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 $48,000 based on 205 salaries. An experienced Surgical Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 219 salaries. A 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 $57,000 based on 105 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,720

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Surgical Assistants, working in the bustling city of Cincinnati has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Surgical Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Nashville (+30 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), Dallas (+23 percent), and Houston (+21 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Orlando Surgical Assistants earning much less — 32 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include New York (21 percent lower) and Longmont (18 percent lower).

Surgical Assistant Reviews

Q: 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 Nashville:
"Under appreciated."
Pros: Having a steady job.
Cons: Undervalued.

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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Key Stats for Surgical Assistant

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Surgical Assistant Salaries

▲23%

▲11%

▲3%

National Average
$47,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Surgical Assistant Salaries

Bariatrics
▲29%

▲26%

▲21%



Open Heart
▲13%

▲11%


Cardiovascular
▲9%

National Average
$47,000

Anesthesia
▼8%

▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 27%