An anesthesiologist assistant salary reflects his function as a specialty physician assistant. At an average of between $95,000 to $120,000 annually, according to the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants, the majority of anesthesiologist assistants work in medical centers. These assistants help the anesthesiologist develop and implement an anesthesia plan for each patient.
Anesthesiologist assistant duties include gathering a health history on preoperative patients. The assistant also inserts intravenous and arterial catheters and special catheters. Anesthesiologist assistants also administer medication and perform airway management for maintenance and the introduction of anesthesia. They also continually monitor patients having surgery who are under anesthesia. Anesthesiologist assistants also provide emergency CPR for hospital patients.
Anesthesiologist assistants typically work in larger facilities where surgeries such as neurosurgery, transplant surgery, cardiac surgery and trauma care are routinely performed according to the American Medical Association. However, assistants to anesthesiologists work in small hospitals as well.
While introductory salaries for anesthesiologist assistants run $95,000 to $120,000, experienced assistants can earn $160,000 to $180,000 a year. They typically work a 40-hour work week, although their schedules can include on-call activity. Benefits such as sick days, vacation and health care insurance are included in addition to the yearly salary.
Earning this six-figure salary requires a four-year degree to qualify to train in anesthesia. Assistants must also have required pre-med prerequisites as well as above average grades. Anesthesiologist assistants must complete two and a half years of training in a CAAHEP certified anesthesiologist assistant program.
An anesthesiologist assistant is rewarded with an excellent salary and with benefits in the growing health care industry. Assisting doctors complete surgeries in life and death situations also provides a meaningful as well as secure way to earn a six-figure salary.