2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
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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- Starting salary
- Salary rank
- Salary range
- Highest paying states
- Highest paying industries
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.
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.
|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
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.