Salary for Surgical Assistants

Also known as:  Certified Surgical Technologist, Operating Room Technician, OR Tech, Surgical First Assistant, Surgical Scrub Technologist, Surgical Technologist

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These professional provide preoperative, procedural, and postoperative assistance to surgeons and patients. They adjust operating room temperature, lighting, and humidity, assist in gowning and gloving the surgical team, and may provide support duties such as closing sutures, inspecting tissue for damage after an operation, positioning patients, coordinating with anesthesia staff to maintain patient body temperature, assist in wound drainage, and clamp blood vessels, among other duties. Specialized education and training may be necessary for this position.

A Surgical Assistant can get an average wage between 32000 and 48000 depending on education and tenure levels. Surgical Assistants can get a wage of Forty One Thousand Seven Hundred dollars every year.

Surgical Assistants are paid at the highest average level in Maryland, where they can earn a compensation of just about $48820. People in this career make the highest salary in Educational Services, where they receive average pay levels of $48640.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 19.87 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Surgical Assistants tend to make the most in the following industries
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $48,640
Educational Services $47,280
Health Care and Social Assistance $41,220
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $36,820
Public Administration $35,370
Management of Companies and Enterprises $33,640
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Management of Companies and Enterprises $33,640
Public Administration $35,370
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $36,820
Health Care and Social Assistance $41,220
Educational Services $47,280
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $48,640
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