The average salary for a surgical assistant in the United States is around $42,920 per year.
This is 29% below the national average. Updated in 2018.
Surgical assistants earn an average yearly salary of $42,920. Wages typically start from $28,130 and go up to $72,720.
Surgical assistant earnings by seniority
Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.
Surgical assistant salary by state
|State Name||Average Salary|
|District of Columbia||$48,280|
How much does a Surgical Assistant earn?
Surgical assistant salaries can vary greatly depending on experience, education, region, type of employer, and area of concentration (i.e., orthopedic, cardiovascular, or neurosurgery, etc.). According to a survey conducted by the Association of Surgical Assistants (ASA), the average base salary for the Surgical Assistant is approximately $50-60,000/yr. This salary report does not include call pay, shift differential, or overtime.
According to a survey published by the National Surgical Assistant Association (NSAA), “entry level CSA's (less than one year of experience) typically started at a hospital at approximately $23-$25 an hour with increments up to $45 an hour as experience increased for those hospitals that pay hourly.” Many surgical assistants will have opportunities for salary increases through shift differential, on call, and overtime opportunities.
How do surgical assistant salaries compare to similar careers?
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Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)