$57,534
Avg. Salary
$21.37
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,049

Bonus

$1,400

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Surgical Assistant is $21.37 per hour.

The average pay for a Surgical Assistant is $57,534 per year.

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$14.49
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$34k
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$89k
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MEDIAN $57,534
$34,084 - $88,890
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MEDIAN: $57,534
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$0$88K
Salary $34,084 - $88,890
Bonus $201 - $10,137
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,017
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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$30,887 - $78,253
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 273
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $14.49 - $32.90
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $18.88 - $51.67
Annual Data $0$78K
Bonus $201 - $10,137
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,017
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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$30,887 - $78,253
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,087

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
  • Assist during operations and procedures by providing tools, sterilizing, and performing medical tasks.
  • Prepare patients and rooms for procedures.
  • Examine patients, collect, and update health histories and convey discharge instructions.
  • Document, process, and track patient and procedure information in electronic systems.

Surgical Assistant Pay By Employer

$0$71K

HCA, Inc.
11 profiles
$61,020

Baptist Health
5 profiles
$44,928

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 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

26%

20%

18%

-15%

National Average: $47,808

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 Chesapeake:
"Good."
Pros: close to home
Cons: the hours

Surgical Assistant in Miami:
"It is ok overall."
Pros: Near my close family
Cons: To hot in summer

Surgical Assistant:
Have. Even employed for 22 years. Seems they would rather have new employees, than to have employees with experience. All in all it's been a good place to work. Will hopefully be able to retire from here.

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 Houston:
"The amount of paperwork."
Research your position with other Surgical Assistants.

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 171 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Experience Affects Surgical Assistant Salaries

▲20%

▲9%

▼0%

National Average
$48,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Surgical Assistant Salaries

Bariatrics
▲26%

▲23%

▲18%



Open Heart
▲10%

▲9%


Cardiovascular
▲7%

National Average
$48,000

Anesthesia
▼10%

▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 27%