At ACE Surgical Assisting, prospective students frequently ask us how much
money they can make as a surgical assistant. Many people who are currently
surgical techs or OR nurses don’t realize that they can make far
more money as a Surgical Assistant; in some cases up to five times more
than they were making before.
With this dramatic increase in salary, a program like ACE Surgical Assisting
will usually pay for itself within the first year of becoming a Certified
Surgical Assistant (CSA). We are proud to offer customized programs geared
specifically toward current OR nurses, surgical techs, physicians assistants,
and other health care professionals.
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Average Surgical Assistant Salary
Salaries for surgical assistants can vary greatly based on a number of
factors, often ranging from $75,000/year up to $200,000/year. According
to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs, the average
starting base salary for Surgical Assistants is roughly $55,000/year.
This is base salary only, and does not include any call pay, overtime,
or shift differential compensation.
Factors Which Impact Salary
The wide range in Surgical Assistant salaries can be attributed to a number
of factors, including:
Experience – a 2005 National Surgical Assistant Association survey found that entry-level
assistants made roughly $25/hour, compared to $45/hour for more experienced CSAs.
Education – People with prior medical training will generally receive higher pay.
Location – CSAs in areas with a higher cost of living will generally receive higher pay.
Type of Employer – Private hospitals and surgery centers may pay more than public facilities.
Area of Concentration – Surgical Assistants in more complex areas of medicine, such as neurosurgery,
will often make more money than other specialties.
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At ACE Surgical Assisting, we understand the unique challenges you face
when trying to further your career. As a medical professional, you’re
likely working many hours, and may have just completed years of medical
school or other training. With that in mind, we are proud to offer flexible,
comprehensive plans which are designed to help you train in the most convenient
Contact us today to learn more about our programs.