Our experience has been that many employers will pay their assistants anywhere
from $2.00 to $8.00 per hour more than what they were paying them before
they completed Surgical Assistant training. This is largely because employers
continue to see you as an advanced version of a Surgical Tech or an OR Nurse.
If your employer can see you should be in a different category with more
responsibility, more liability, and deserving of a higher pay scale, you
could do much better.
Chron.com says in an article entitled
Surgical Assistant Vs Surgical Technologist, “Although the average starting salary for surgical assistants is
$55,000, the average annual salary is $75,000 and a surgical assistant
may make as much as $200,000.”
SalaryExpert.com reports the average salary of the surgical assistant to be $70,951.
The same could be said to be true of OR Nurses except they start off with
a higher average page simply because the average pay of a nurse is higher
than that of a tech.
PAs and NPs will probably make no more money than they would normally make.
The value of Surgical Assistant training is it opens up an avenue of greater
and more successful participation in surgery.
The salaries reported above do not take into account call pay, shift differential,
and overtime. Here is another thing to think seriously about for a person
with any of the above medical backgrounds:
“I made $105,000 annually as a freelance surgical assistant. And
to make that, I only had to work an average of 20 hours per week. That
comports very well with the Chron.com report of $200,000 for full-time
Well things have changed significantly for the better from the time when
I started assisting back in 1989. Back then, the company I was with was
charging the patient’s insurance 18% of the surgeon’s fee
for my services. This did not come out of the surgeon’s fee. It
was just a method of calculating the fee for the assistant. We chose 18%
to charge less than a surgeon who assisted in hopes that insurance companies
would start to prefer us. Didn’t turn out that way.
Now most surgical assistants charge the same as a surgeon who assists,
which is around 35%. If you are self-employed, you get to choose what
you charge. Some decide to charge even more than 35%. So today’s
surgical assistants charge double, if not more, of what we used to charge.
What are the results? Well I haven’t asked a lot of surgical assistants
what they make. But I do know specifically of 2 assistants who make in
the $350,000 range. It varies depending on your case load, the kind of
cases you assist on, how much you charge, and how effectively you collect
your fee from the insurance carrier.”
Dan Bump, President, CEO, ACE Surgical Assisting
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