There are currently an estimated 127,800 surgical assistants in the United States. The surgical assistant job market is expected to grow by 19.6% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are surgical assistants?

CareerExplorer rates surgical assistants with a B employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 28,400 surgical assistants. That number is based on 25,100 additional surgical assistants, and the retirement of 3,300 existing surgical assistants.

What’s the supply of surgical assistants?

The surgical assistant industry is concentrated in California, Florida, Texas

Surgical Assistant job market by state

State Name Employed Surgical Assistants
California 23,290
Florida 10,390
Texas 9,220
Illinois 6,390
North Carolina 5,410
Ohio 4,800
New York 4,780
Pennsylvania 4,770
Wisconsin 4,470
Georgia 3,690
Arizona 3,440
New Jersey 3,240
Michigan 2,950
Colorado 2,890
Washington 2,790
Louisiana 2,760
Missouri 2,580
Massachusetts 2,060
Indiana 2,010
Virginia 1,830
Maryland 1,750
Oregon 1,710
Kentucky 1,550
Nevada 1,400
Oklahoma 1,120
Minnesota 1,120
Iowa 1,110
Arkansas 990
Mississippi 870
Tennessee 800
Connecticut 780
Alabama 680
Kansas 620
Utah 610
West Virginia 570
South Carolina 560
District of Columbia 450
Maine 410
Rhode Island 400
New Mexico 390
Nebraska 370
Idaho 340
Montana 310
New Hampshire 300
Hawaii 270
Puerto Rico 240
North Dakota 240
Alaska 220
Delaware 220
South Dakota 160
Wyoming 50