There are many variables to consider when comparing employment and salaries in the US.
According to Mayo Clinic Web Site http://www.mayo.edu/
“Graduates of the Surgical First Assistant Program take the first step toward becoming an integral part of the surgical team. Hospitals, outpatient surgery clinics, private practice and other surgical centers are extremely interested in hiring skilled individuals to assist in surgical procedures to promote optimal patient outcomes. There are many areas of surgery that rely on quality assisting. Surgical first assistants learn skills for a variety of surgery specialties.
Advanced surgical first assistants gain respect of peers, become members of various professional organizations and create opportunities within the workforce.
Based on US salary information gathered in 2012, the overall average salary for a surgical first assistant is $62,000. The average starting salary is approximately $50,000.”