Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salary

Median pay for Certified Surgical Technologists in the United States is around $20.09 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Female Certified Surgical Technologists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,143 - $59,530
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MEDIAN: $42,213
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$15.32 - $27.60
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$0$59K
Salary $30,143 - $59,530
Bonus $265.53 - $4,909
Profit Sharing $1,011
Total Pay (?
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$32,156 - $59,898
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 212
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $15.32 - $27.60
Hourly Tips $3.13
Overtime $17.20 - $42.55
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $265.53 - $4,909
Profit Sharing $1,011
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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$32,156 - $59,898
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,029

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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

  • 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.
  • Keep all needed surgical equipment at the ready, including sterile linens, saline, lights, suction machines, etc.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


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Certified Surgical Technologists who go on to become Materials Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Materials Managers is $67K annually. Many Certified Surgical Technologists choose to become Surgical Technologists and Surgical Technicians as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $4K less and $6K less, respectively.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Certified Surgical Technologists include HCA, Inc., Tampa General Hospital, St Vincent Hospital Indianapolis, Texas Health Resources, and Banner Health. Those at Kaiser Permanente can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $59K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Memorial Hermann Hospital at $58K, Vanderbilt Hospital at $56K, and Texas Health Resources, where Certified Surgical Technologists annually earn $52K.

Employees at Baptist Health Systems, Methodist Healthcare, and HCA, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $36K, $36K, and $40K.

Popular Skills for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Survey takers working as Certified Surgical Technologists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Open Heart, plastic surgery, Pediatrics, and Brain Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. Most people who know General Surgery also know Operating Room / OR and Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 1,644 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 849 salaries. An experienced Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 743 salaries. A Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 313 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,804

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

With a pay rate for Certified Surgical Technologists that is 34 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Certified Surgical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+24 percent), San Diego (+20 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), and Fort Worth (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Jacksonville is the market with the smallest paychecks. On the whole, employers pay 6 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Austin and Indianapolis.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Reviews

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

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in Batesville:
"Best Job in the world."
Pros: I work in labor and delivery and I get to help bring new life into this world. I help ensure a safe delivery and I am there incase of an emergency to deliver a baby in minutes if needed.
Cons: The insufficient pay. I feel like I a very underpaid and am currently exploring other options.

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.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in Akron:
"Flexibility, co workers, doctors."
Pros: Flexibility, co workers, doctors.
Cons: Pay.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in Sioux City:
"Good with the Bad."
Pros: I love being able to successfully assist with a procedure and be a part of a team that facilitates efficiency and accuracy for the benefit of patient care and saticfaction.
Cons: Surgeons just don't understand what it takes to get a surgery started and how many different ways there are to do one surgery.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in Plano:
"Operating room."
Pros: The operating room atmosphere.
Cons: Lots of stress when things go bad.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in North Richland Hills:
"It's interesting."
Pros: Helping people.
Cons: Long hours. And stressful.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in Tampa:
Pros:
Cons: Work schedule flexibility; department conditions; management.

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Key Stats for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 391 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salaries

▲19%

▲13%

▲3%

National Average
$43,000

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Skills That Affect Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 391 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 16%
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