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.

$19,934 - $48,479
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MEDIAN: $30,806
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$11.21 - $19.62
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,934 - $48,479  
   
Bonus
$1,977  
Total Pay (?
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$23,464 - $41,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.21 - $19.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.25  
Overtime
$11.63 - $29.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$1,977  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,464 - $41,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 234
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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.

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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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Central Service Technicians who go on to become Sterile Processing Technicians may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Sterile Processing Technician, an upper-level role, pays $30K.

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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.

Central Service Technician Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Central Service Technician in Edison:
"Expect the unexpected."
Take what you can learn, as much as you can, and get the experience needed to move on to better things.

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Experience Affects Central Service Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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