Certified Surgical Technologists in the United States can expect wages of $19.74 per hour on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by the particular city and experience level. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Certified Surgical Technologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Certified Surgical Technologists (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,598 - $56,018
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MEDIAN: $40,516
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,598 - $56,018  
   
Bonus
$255.91 - $4,885  
Profit Sharing
$900  
Total Pay (?
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$31,745 - $58,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 228
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.16 - $26.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$17.22 - $40.62  
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$255.91 - $4,885  
   
Profit Sharing
$900  
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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$31,745 - $58,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,943

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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 transition into a Materials Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $67K per year. Certified Surgical Technologists most often move into positions as Surgical Technologists or Surgical Technicians. Surgical Technologists actually earn $4K less on average, however, and Surgical Technicians earn $5K less per year than Certified Surgical Technologists do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


HCA, Inc., Tampa General Hospital, St Vincent Hospital Indianapolis, Texas Health Resources, and Kaiser Permanente are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Certified Surgical Technologists. Memorial Hermann Hospital leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $58K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Vanderbilt Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, and Texas Health Resources, top-paying firms where Certified Surgical Technologists rake in a comfortable $56K, $53K, or $52K, respectively.

Workers at Baptist Health Systems, Methodist Healthcare, and CHS, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $36K, $36K, and $39K respectively.

Popular Skills for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Certified Surgical Technologists seem to exploit a large range of 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 12 percent. For most people, competency in General Surgery indicates knowledge of 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.


For many Certified Surgical Technologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $44K. Certified Surgical Technologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,981

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Certified Surgical Technologists will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 36 percent. Certified Surgical Technologists will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), and Fort Worth (+18 percent). Jacksonville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and Austin (4 percent less).

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 353 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 353 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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