Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salary

Median pay for Certified Surgical Technologists in the United States is around $18.50 per hour. Compensation ranges from $14.19 per hour on the lower end to $25.70 on the higher end. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Certified Surgical Technologists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 81 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Certified Surgical Technologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,291 - $60,346
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$29K
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MEDIAN: $40,304
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$14.19 - $25.70
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,291 - $60,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
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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$29,990 - $56,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $25.70  
   
Overtime
$13.05 - $40.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
   
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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$29,990 - $56,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,720
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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 some Certified Surgical Technologists move into positions like Operating Room Registered Nurse (where the average salary is $62K), this progression is not the norm. 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)


Certified Surgical Technologists flock to HCA, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Mercy Hospital, Baptist Health Systems, and Tampa General Hospital, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Employees of Kaiser Permanente can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $57K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $32K to $88K. Other leaders in compensation levels are HCA, Inc. at $48K, Vanderbilt Hospital at $43K, and CHS, Inc., where Certified Surgical Technologists annually earn $38K.

Baptist Health Systems, Tampa General Hospital, and CHS, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $36K, $37K, and $38K-paychecks on average.

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 plastic surgery, Open Heart, Pediatrics, and Brain Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Labor & Delivery, Birthing. Most people familiar with 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $36K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. Certified Surgical Technologists see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $51K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Certified Surgical Technologists that is 30 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Certified Surgical Technologists will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+26 percent), Denver (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), and Dallas (+16 percent). In Tulsa, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and Orlando (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Brain Surgery
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Operating Room / OR
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Robotics
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Vascular
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General Surgery
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Surgery
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National Average
$40,000

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 427 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
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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