Certified Surgical Technologists in the United States can expect wages of $19.60 per hour on average. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The vast majority of Certified Surgical Technologists (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. For the most part, Certified Surgical Technologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,741 - $57,640
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MEDIAN: $40,723
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$15.03 - $26.74
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,741 - $57,640  
   
Bonus
$247.17 - $4,045  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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$31,498 - $58,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 227
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.03 - $26.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$17.60 - $40.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$247.17 - $4,045  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$31,498 - $58,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,848
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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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At the upper end, Certified Surgical Technologists who move into a Materials Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Materials Managers is a much higher $67K per year. Many Certified Surgical Technologists go on to become Surgical Technologists or Surgical Technicians despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $3K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Dominating the field, HCA, Inc., Tampa General Hospital, CHS, Inc., St Vincent Hospital Indianapolis, and Kaiser Permanente are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Certified Surgical Technologists. Vanderbilt Hospital offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $56K. Certified Surgical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks at Banner Health ($51K), Kaiser Permanente ($48K), and Texas Health Resources ($45K).

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Baptist Health Systems ($36K), Methodist Healthcare ($36K), and East Tennessee Childrens Hospital ($37K).

Popular Skills for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Certified Surgical Technologists seem to wield many 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 9 percent and 14 percent. Most people who know General Surgery also know Operating Room / OR and Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $38K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $43K. On average, Certified Surgical Technologists make $48K following one to two decades on the job. Certified Surgical Technologists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,718

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

For Certified Surgical Technologists, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Certified Surgical Technologists will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+22 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), Fort Worth (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Jacksonville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Indianapolis and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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
$42,000


Skills That Affect Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salaries


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National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 349 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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