Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salary

Certified Surgical Technologists in the United States pull down an average of $18.80 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $14.47 per hour to $25.85. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. Certified Surgical Technologists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 81 percent. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Certified Surgical Technologists is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,687 - $59,735
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MEDIAN: $40,567
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$14.47 - $25.85
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,687 - $59,735  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $2,980  
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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$30,492 - $56,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 307
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $25.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$13.76 - $40.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $2,980  
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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$30,492 - $56,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,274
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Job Description for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

Certified surgical technologists (CST) generally care for surgical patients under the supervision of a registered nurse and attending doctor(s) of the patient's case. They are responsible for preparing, selecting, and maintaining any and all surgical equipment, and must also be able to clean and maintain a variety of surgical tools. They may occasionally be responsible for ensuring that the surgical room is prepared with all necessary tools before a procedure takes place, and different procedures often call for different surgical tools, so a CST must understand when certain tools are necessary.

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Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Tasks

  • 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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Certified Surgical Technologists who advance into the role of an Operating Room Registered Nurse are fairly uncommon. Operating Room Registered Nurses on average earn $62K per year. Certified Surgical Technologists most often advance into Surgical Technologist and Surgical Technician positions even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


HCA, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Tampa General Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and St Vincent Hospital Indianapolis are top-notch employers for Certified Surgical Technologists in this area. Although Kaiser Permanente boasts the highest average salary in town at $57K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $33K or as much as $85K. Also paying near the top of the field are Vanderbilt Hospital at $56K, HCA, Inc. at $46K, and Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, where Certified Surgical Technologists annually earn $42K.

Baptist Health Systems, Methodist Healthcare, and CHS, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $36K, $36K, and $38K.

Popular Skills for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Certified Surgical Technologists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Open Heart, Pediatrics, plastic surgery, and Brain Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 14 percent. Those familiar with General Surgery also tend to 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $42K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Certified Surgical Technologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,424

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Certified Surgical Technologists, New York provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than the national average. Certified Surgical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), Fort Worth (+17 percent), and Dallas (+15 percent). Tulsa is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (8 percent less) and Orlando (3 percent less).

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Reviews

What is it like working as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)?

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in Harrisburg:
"Challenging."
Pros: Completing surgery and feeling accomplished when I knew what a specific doctor liked and wanted.
Cons: Doctors expect you to know what they like even though you may do the same surgery several different ways with other doctors. Their level of patience is often very low.

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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
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Gynecology
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Urology
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Robotics
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Orthopedics
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Operating Room / OR
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Oral Surgery
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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
$40,000

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 476 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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