What Is the Average Salary for a Surgical Assistant in 2015?


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The average salary for a surgical assistant in 2015 is $63,000, or approximately $21 per hour. The highest paid surgical assistants are in specialties, such as orthopedics, general surgery, robotics, and obstetrics and gynecology.

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A surgical assistant's primary responsibility is to help surgeons during operating room medical procedures by providing tools to the surgeon and performing medical tasks as assigned. Additional responsibilities include examining patients, collecting and updating medical histories, and preparing patients and the rooms for medical procedures. Most surgeon assistants have a medical school degree or certification, and many are required to have CPR certification or other specialization.

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