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Working As A Surgical Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • $62,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Surgical Assistant Do

A Surgical Assistant provides assistance during an operation by performing a wide range of crucial tasks. They cover patients with surgical drapes to create and maintain a sterile operative field and adjust and maintain operating room parameters according to the surgeon's specifications.

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Surgical Assistant Career Paths

Surgical Assistant
Surgical Technician Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Surgical Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Surgical Technician Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Team Leader Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Team Leader Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Administrator Business Office Manager
Business Office Director
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Consultant Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant Office Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant Clinical Coordinator Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Dental Hygienist Clinical Instructor Nurse Manager
Director Of Quality Management
13 Yearsyrs
Nurse Clinical Research Coordinator Medical Officer
Chief Medical Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Dental Hygienist Clinical Coordinator Practice Manager
Hospitality Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Coordinator Store Manager Sales Account Manager
Account Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Coordinator Clinical Supervisor Administrative Supervisor
Administrative Services Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Surgical Assistant 4.0 years
Surgical Nurse 3.4 years
Doctor Assistant 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Surgical Assistant
Assistant 4.3%
Cashier 4.2%
Internship 3.8%
Volunteer 2.3%
Server 2.1%
Top Careers After Surgical Assistant
Assistant 4.3%
Internship 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$62,000
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$32,000
Min 10%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
The Washington Hospital
Highest Paying City
Charlottesville, VA
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Surgical Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Surgical Assistant in the United States is $62,502 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $118,000.

Real Surgical Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Medical and Health Manager of Surgical Assistants at TWH Prestige Surgical Assistants LLC Houston, TX Sep 27, 2016 $90,000
Surgical Assistant Outreach Eyecare, Pa Houston, TX Sep 01, 2012 $88,000
Surgical Assistant American Surgical Assistants, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 04, 2011 $83,000
Surgical Assistant Mustapha Kibirige Md Pa Houston, TX Sep 01, 2012 $80,000
Surgical Assistant Health & Beauty Cosmetic Surgery, Inc. West Palm Beach, FL Oct 01, 2011 $70,500
Podiatrist Surgical Assistant Financial District Foot & Ankle Center San Francisco, CA Jan 22, 2010 $67,994
Orthopedic Surgical Assistant Masson Medical, LP Houston, TX Sep 11, 2013 $66,241
Surgical Assistant Universal Surgical Assistants, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Nov 08, 2016 $60,000
Orthopedic Surgical Assistant Roc Orthopedic Training Institute Houston, TX Sep 09, 2015 $57,766
Senior Surgical Assistant Houston Surgical Assistant Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 20, 2015 $54,371
Senior Surgical Assistant Houston Surgical Assistant Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 25, 2016 $54,371
Surgical Assistant Civista La Plata, MD Mar 09, 2015 $54,350
Orthopedic Veterinary Surgical Asst. Village Veterinary Jupiter, FL Oct 18, 2007 $53,726 -
$58,864
Surgical Assistant Universal Surgical Assistants, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Sep 17, 2015 $50,000
Surgical Assistant Universal Surgical Assistants, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Sep 20, 2016 $50,000
Surgical Assistant Universal Surgical Assistants, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Sep 29, 2016 $50,000
Surgical Assistant Tartell & Mandel Md LLC Hollywood, FL Oct 01, 2012 $50,000
Surgical Assistant South Florida Sinus & Allergy Center Hollywood, FL Oct 01, 2012 $50,000
Surgical Assistant Mohammad Kamran, Md Anniston, AL Oct 01, 2010 $50,000

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Top Skills for A Surgical Assistant

  1. Surgical Procedures
  2. Oral Hygiene
  3. Patient Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Ensured surgeon received proper instruments during surgical procedures by continuing to educate myself in both medical and instrument techniques and terminology.
  • Instructed patients about correct post-operative procedures and oral hygiene.
  • Provide patient care that is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional, spiritual, and chronological maturation needs of the patient.
  • Assured correct coding procedures were executed and communicated with medical insurance companies regarding medical claims.
  • Detailed and precise documentation including that of consultations, surgical procedures and anesthesia.

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Top 10 Best States for Surgical Assistants

  1. New Mexico
  2. Alaska
  3. South Dakota
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Washington
  6. Minnesota
  7. Tennessee
  8. Connecticut
  9. Maine
  10. Idaho
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Surgical Assistant Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 6,690 Surgical Assistant resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Surgical Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

71.9%

Male

19.1%

Unknown

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

18.0%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.1%

French

6.3%

Arabic

3.7%

Russian

3.2%

Italian

3.2%

Polish

3.2%

Hindi

2.6%

German

2.6%

Urdu

2.1%

Chinese

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%

Ukrainian

1.1%

Bosnian

1.1%

Turkish

1.1%

Thai

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Swedish

0.5%

Mandarin

0.5%
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Surgical Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.0%

Kaplan University

6.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

6.6%

George Mason University

5.4%

The Academy

5.1%

Houston Community College

4.8%

A-Technical College

4.8%

Central State University

4.8%

Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting

4.5%

Everest Institute

4.5%

Ashford University

4.2%

Walden University

3.9%

Madisonville Community College

3.9%

Anne Arundel Community College

3.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.9%

Ross Medical Education Center

3.9%

College of Lake County

3.6%

Branford Hall Career Institute - Branford Campus

3.6%

University of Pennsylvania

3.6%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.6%
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Majors

Nursing

18.4%

Medical Assisting Services

13.3%

Dental Assisting

11.9%

Medical Technician

11.6%

Business

7.4%

Biology

4.6%

Health Care Administration

4.4%

Medicine

4.2%

Psychology

3.7%

Physician Assistant

2.8%

General Studies

2.7%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

2.2%

Health Sciences And Services

2.2%

Nursing Assistants

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.7%

Advanced Dentistry And Oral Sciences

1.6%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.5%

Management

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.0%
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Degrees

Other

33.4%

Bachelors

20.8%

Associate

17.7%

Certificate

10.3%

Masters

8.5%

Diploma

4.1%

Doctorate

3.6%

License

1.6%
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