Surgical assistants rate their happiness above average.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, surgical assistants rate their career happiness 3.4 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 37% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy surgical assistants are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Nurse anesthetist
3.8
$196k
Radiologist
3.7
$201k
Orthodontist
3.6
N/A
Doctor
3.4
$106k
Nurse educator
3.4
$77k
Surgical assistant
3.4
$46k
Biomedical engineer
3.4
$97k
Endoscopy technician
3.4
$38k
Phlebotomist
3.3
$37k
Physical therapist
3.3
$96k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are surgical assistants happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do surgical assistants find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as surgical assistants?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are surgical assistant’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are surgical assistants making the best use of their abilities?

Are surgical assistants happy with their salary?

Surgical assistants rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most surgical assistants having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked surgical assistants how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

58 surgical assistants

5 Star
16%

16% of surgical assistants rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of surgical assistants rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of surgical assistants rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of surgical assistants rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
17%

17% of surgical assistants rated their compensation 1 stars

Do surgical assistants find their jobs meaningful?

On average, surgical assistants rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.1/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

We asked surgical assistants how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

58 surgical assistants

5 Star
19%

19% of surgical assistants rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
21%

21% of surgical assistants rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of surgical assistants rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of surgical assistants rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
12%

12% of surgical assistants rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as surgical assistants?

Surgical assistants rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.1/5. The majority of surgical assistants find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked surgical assistants how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.1 out of 5 stars

61 surgical assistants

5 Star
43%

43% of surgical assistants rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of surgical assistants rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of surgical assistants rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of surgical assistants rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of surgical assistants rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a surgical assistant’s work environment?

As a whole, surgical assistants rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.8/5. A solid majority of surgical assistants enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a surgical assistant.

We asked surgical assistants how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

63 surgical assistants

5 Star
37%

37% of surgical assistants rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of surgical assistants rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
16%

16% of surgical assistants rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
2%

2% of surgical assistants rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of surgical assistants rated their work environment 1 stars

Are surgical assistants making the best use of their abilities?

Former surgical assistants on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.5/5. Most surgical assistants surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a surgical assistant, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked surgical assistants how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

63 surgical assistants

5 Star
25%

25% of surgical assistants rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of surgical assistants rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of surgical assistants rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of surgical assistants rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of surgical assistants rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars