Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salary

Earnings for Certified Surgical Technologists in the United States come in at around $18.80 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $14.47 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $25.85. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Certified Surgical Technologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Certified Surgical Technologists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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)

  • 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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It's not very common for Certified Surgical Technologists to move on to become Operating Room Registered Nurses. Average pay for an Operating Room Registered Nurse is $62K annually. 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 among the top companies that take on many Certified Surgical Technologists. Certified Surgical Technologists flock to Kaiser Permanente for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $57K lead the pack in compensation; however, Kaiser Permanente also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $33K at one end to $85K at the other end. 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 rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $36K, $36K, and $38K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Survey results imply that Certified Surgical Technologists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Surgical Technologists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. Certified Surgical Technologists bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $50K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,424

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, 30 percent above the national average. Certified Surgical Technologists will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), Fort Worth (+17 percent), and Dallas (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tulsa. Workers in Indianapolis and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 3 percent less, 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
$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
0%

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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