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Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salary

Median pay for Certified Surgical Technologists in the United States is around $18.29 per hour. Pay generally varies between $14.00 per hour and $25.25. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. There are far more female Certified Surgical Technologists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. Although one-fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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MEDIAN: $39,890
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,468 - $60,848  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $995  
Profit Sharing
$147.40 - $1,323  
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$29,494 - $55,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 234
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$0$14$28$42
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$14.00 - $25.25  
   
Overtime
$12.78 - $40.21  
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $995  
   
Profit Sharing
$147.40 - $1,323  
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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$29,494 - $55,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,096
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Job Description for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

  • Set up and maintain surgical field, collaborating with nurses and doctors and assisting where required.
  • Assemble, transport, and retrieve surgical equipment, ensuring all pieces leave the room.
  • Keep all needed surgical equipment at the ready, including sterile linens, saline, lights, suction machines, etc.
  • Inspect, maintain, decontaminate, and repair surgical equipment, keeping inventory records up to date.
  • Conduct pre- and post-surgery patient care, including shaving, transporting, and applying dressings.

Common Career Paths for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


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While Certified Surgical Technologists do not often become Operating Room Registered Nurses, the job pays $62K per year on average. Many Certified Surgical Technologists advance into roles as Surgical Technologists or Surgical Technicians, but the median salaries are $2K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Kaiser Permanente offers the largest salaries in town ($61K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $32K to $89K.

Popular Skills for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Survey results imply that Certified Surgical Technologists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Open Heart, Pediatrics, Vascular, and Emergency/Trauma are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 15 percent. Most people who know General Surgery also know Surgery and Operating Room / OR.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Certified Surgical Technologists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $36K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. Certified Surgical Technologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $50K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Certified Surgical Technologists in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Certified Surgical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+17 percent), Denver (+14 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and Fort Worth (+10 percent). In Tulsa, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Indianapolis and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salaries



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Robotics
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General Surgery
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Surgery
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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National Average
$39,000

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 358 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 20%