How Much Do Surgical Assistants Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Surgical Assistants

Surgical Assistants assist surgeons during surgery by performing duties such as tissue retraction, insertion of tubes and intravenous lines, or closure of surgical wounds. Perform preoperative and postoperative duties to facilitate patient care.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$60900 per year
Hourly wage
$29 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$29,130 to $36,840 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $18 per hour

Entry-level Surgical Assistants with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $29,130 to $36,840 per year or $14 to $18 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Surgical Assistants to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $51 $105,690
Senior (Top 25%) $37 $76,860
Middle (Mid 50%) $25 $51,840
Junior (Bottom 25%) $18 $36,840
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $29,130

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
MD $41 $85,180
DC $41 $84,570
NY $39 $80,850
CT $37 $77,630
MN $37 $77,450
NJ $36 $75,710
PA $34 $69,800
NH $33 $69,200
MA $33 $68,480
VA $32 $66,850

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Surgical Assistant is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like MD doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at MD might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Surgical Assistants are in the states of MD, DC, NY, CT and MN.

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