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Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salary

Certified Surgical Technologists in the United States take home approximately $18.47 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $14.11 per hour on the lower end to $25.58 on the higher end. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Female Certified Surgical Technologists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most Certified Surgical Technologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,854 - $60,773
(Median)
$26K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,107
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$14.11 - $25.58
(Median)
$14
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,854 - $60,773  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,006  
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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$29,742 - $56,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 282
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.11 - $25.58  
   
Overtime
$12.50 - $40.41  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,006  
   
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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$29,742 - $56,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,507

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Certified Surgical Technologists sometimes become Operating Room Registered Nurses, where the average income is $62K per year. Certified Surgical Technologists most frequently become Surgical Technologists and Surgical Technicians even though median compensation is $2K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Certified Surgical Technologists include HCA, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Baptist Health Systems, Vanderbilt Hospital, and Tampa General Hospital. For Certified Surgical Technologists, comfortable salaries can be found at Kaiser Permanente; in fact, average earnings are around $57K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($32K versus $88K) is great.

Popular Skills for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Certified Surgical Technologists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Open Heart, plastic surgery, Pediatrics, and Brain Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Labor & Delivery, Birthing. It is often found that people who know General Surgery are also skilled in 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Surgical Technologists make a median salary of $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 Certified Surgical Technologists, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Certified Surgical Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), Fort Worth (+15 percent), and Dallas (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tampa. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tulsa and Indianapolis (7 percent less).

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Experience Affects Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salaries


plastic surgery
up arrow 13%


Brain Surgery
up arrow 7%


up arrow 5%


Operating Room / OR
up arrow 4%

Gynecology
up arrow 4%

Robotics
up arrow 4%

Vascular
up arrow 4%

General Surgery
up arrow 1%

Surgery
0%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
0%

National Average
$40,000

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 413 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
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 19%
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