Surgical assistant earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Surgical assistant salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $59,740
Alabama $39,070
Arkansas $37,970
Arizona $42,190
California $44,850
Colorado $42,870
Connecticut $48,840
District of Columbia $48,280
Delaware $45,370
Florida $37,650
Georgia $44,330
Hawaii $49,160
Iowa $40,190
Idaho $49,150
Illinois $43,790
Indiana $41,860
Kansas $48,200
Kentucky $45,510
Louisiana $32,060
Massachusetts $53,080
Maryland $41,140
Maine $46,000
Michigan $41,970
Minnesota $53,770
Missouri $44,170
Mississippi $31,670
Montana $37,810
North Carolina $35,870
North Dakota $40,990
Nebraska $41,400
New Hampshire $42,380
New Jersey $50,790
New Mexico $62,130
Nevada $42,610
New York $49,260
Ohio $39,350
Oklahoma $40,660
Oregon $51,540
Pennsylvania $43,070
Puerto Rico $26,220
Rhode Island $53,160
South Carolina $39,860
South Dakota $53,550
Tennessee $46,620
Texas $39,180
Utah $38,490
Virginia $44,610
Vermont $44,830
Washington $56,290
Wisconsin $41,290
West Virginia $40,310
Wyoming $49,480

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?

Surgical assistants earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than exercise physiologists but more than medical records technicians.

Career Median Salary
Exercise physiologist salary $49K
Medical and clinical laboratory technologist salary $46K
Nurse salary $44K
Surgical technologist salary $47K
Licensed practical nurse salary $46K
Surgical assistant salary $43K
Neurodiagnostic technologist salary $43K
Ophthalmic medical technologist salary $43K
Ski patroller salary $29K
Medical records technician salary $40K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)