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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

  • $54,000

    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
Practice Manager Operations Director Business Development Consultant
Account Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Specialist Accountant
Accountant And Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Coordinator Billing Manager Accounts Payable Manager
Accounts Payable/Receivable Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Unit Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Dental Hygienist Registered Nurse Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Phlebotomist Respiratory Therapist
Director Of Clinical Education
11 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Veterinary Technician Lead Technician Production Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Veterinary Technician Phlebotomist Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant Physician
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Dental Hygienist Instructor Project Manager
Owner/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Surgical Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Surgical Technician Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Unit Manager Risk Manager
Risk And Insurance Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Program Coordinator Account Executive
Sales/Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Service Coordinator
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Instructor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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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 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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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Surgical Assistant

Average Yearly Salary
$54,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
The Vancouver Clinic
Highest Paying City
Urban Honolulu, HI
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Surgical Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Surgical Assistant in the United States is $54,100 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $76,000.

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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.
  • Take vitals and administer medication and local anesthesia per physician orders before surgeries and document operative chart.

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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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