Central Service Technician Salary
Median pay for Central Service Technicians in the United States is around $14.53 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Women make up the majority of Central Service Technicians (68 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Central Service Technicians — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction.
|Salary||$19,812 - $50,285|
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|$24,036 - $42,083|
|Hourly Rate||$11.39 - $19.56|
|Overtime||$11.74 - $29.82|
|Total Pay (||$24,036 - $42,083|
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
- Responsible for processing incoming supplies and equipment.
- Maintain par level inventory of sterile patient care items and keep adequate documentation.
- Assure the sterility of processed goods.
- Prepare packs of supplies including packs for surgery cases, linens, and instruments in sterile processing.
- Perform cleaning, decontamination and sterilizing duties.
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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 many Central Service Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $30K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $30K. Central Service Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $35K.
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