Surgical assistant earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Surgical assistant salary by state

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

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
Ophthalmic medical technologist salary $43K
Neurodiagnostic technologist salary $43K
Surgical assistant salary $43K
Ski patroller salary $29K
Medical records technician salary $40K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)