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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

  • $65,775

    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 Demographics

Gender

Female

79.6%

Male

18.6%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

17.4%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.2%

Polish

3.8%

Arabic

3.8%

Urdu

3.1%

Chinese

3.1%

German

3.1%

French

3.1%

Hindi

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Italian

3.1%

Mandarin

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Turkish

1.5%

Thai

1.5%

Ukrainian

1.5%

Portuguese

0.8%

Khmer

0.8%

Gujarati

0.8%

Persian

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%
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Surgical Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

9.0%

George Mason University

6.8%

Palm Beach State College

5.6%

Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting

5.6%

Anne Arundel Community College

5.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.1%

Madisonville Community College

4.5%

William Rainey Harper College

4.5%

New Hampshire Technical Institute

4.0%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.0%

West Virginia University

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.0%

Hinds Community College

3.4%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.4%

Everest Institute

3.4%

Itawamba Community College

3.4%

Walden University

3.4%

Miami Dade College

3.4%

The Community College of Baltimore County

3.4%
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Majors

Nursing

17.4%

Dental Assisting

13.5%

Medical Assisting Services

11.0%

Medical Technician

10.4%

Business

8.4%

Health Care Administration

4.8%

Biology

4.6%

Psychology

4.5%

General Studies

3.5%

Medicine

3.5%

Physician Assistant

2.6%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

2.3%

Health Sciences And Services

2.2%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Nursing Assistants

1.9%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.9%

Education

1.7%

Advanced Dentistry And Oral Sciences

1.5%

Public Health

1.2%

Management

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

34.8%

Bachelors

22.1%

Associate

17.4%

Certificate

10.4%

Masters

8.3%

Diploma

3.1%

Doctorate

2.6%

License

1.2%
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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 Jan 25, 2016 $54,371
Senior Surgical Assistant Houston Surgical Assistant Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 20, 2015 $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 20, 2016 $50,000
Surgical Assistant Universal Surgical Assistants, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Sep 29, 2016 $50,000
Surgical Assistant Universal Surgical Assistants, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Sep 17, 2015 $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

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  1. Surgery Room
  2. Surgical Procedures
  3. Insurance Companies
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  • Prepare patients for surgery Assist physicians in operating room Prepare surgery rooms for successful operation
  • Assisted in preparing the operating room before surgery and preformed assigned supportive duties during surgical procedures.
  • Assured correct coding procedures were executed and communicated with medical insurance companies regarding medical claims.
  • Assisted surgeon during inpatient surgical procedures including oral suctioning, retracting, anesthesia assisting and monitoring patient airway.
  • Educated patients on procedures required for preventative and post-operative care.

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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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  • (18 jobs)
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  • (207 jobs)
  • (128 jobs)
  • (98 jobs)
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