Central Service Technician Salary
Central Service Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $14.61 per hour. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Central Service Technicians making up 70 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Central Service Technician
Central service technicians work primarily in hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities to sterilize medical equipment for patient care or surgery. They must be familiar with all tools used in surgery and other activities within the hospital, as well as methods of sterilizing these tools and equipment, as maintenance may vary from one item to another.Read More...
These technicians work with equipment such as steam sterilizers, cart washers, and decontaminator washers, and some periodic maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment may be necessary. Good manual dexterity is important in order to disassemble and assemble equipment, and central service technicians must always stay up-to-date with changes in the field. They usually work in the central service department where some materials may be cleaned, sterilized, and packaged, and they then distribute the supplies throughout the medical facility. They must also be able to walk throughout these facilities and lift heavy items, and records of sterilization orders and activities should be kept in an organized manner.
Strong communication skills are important in this position to take orders in person and on the phone, and it may also be necessary to communicate electronically. After high school, these technicians should complete a program and testing to become a central service technician; to earn the certification, an examination must be passed and hands-on work should be demonstrated.
Central Service Technician Tasks
- Prepare packs of supplies including packs for surgery cases, linens, and instruments in sterile processing.
- Perform cleaning, decontamination and sterilizing duties.
- Assure the sterility of processed goods.
- Responsible for processing incoming supplies and equipment.
- Maintain par level inventory of sterile patient care items and keep adequate documentation.
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Pay by Experience Level for Central Service Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Central Service Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $30K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $31K on average. Central Service Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $34K. Central Service Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $35K.