Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salary

Certified Surgical Technologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $18.50 per hour. Pay generally varies between $14.18 per hour and $25.67. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and years of experience. The vast majority (81 percent) of Certified Surgical Technologists who took the survey are female. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Certified Surgical Technologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,898 - $60,324
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$28K
$40K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,140
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$14.18 - $25.67
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$14
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,898 - $60,324  
   
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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$29,875 - $56,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 303
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.18 - $25.67  
   
Overtime
$13.15 - $40.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$29,875 - $56,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,696
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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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Certified Surgical Technologists do not often transition into Operating Room Registered Nurse roles. The role averages $62K per year. 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 $2K less and $3K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Certified Surgical Technologists include HCA, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Mercy Hospital, Baptist Health Systems, and Tampa General Hospital. Certified Surgical Technologists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Kaiser Permanente, where the median salary comes to $57K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($32K) and those starting out ($88K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. HCA, Inc., Vanderbilt Hospital, and CHS, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Certified Surgical Technologists earning around $49K, $43K, or $38K at each firm, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are Baptist Health Systems at $36K, Tampa General Hospital at $37K, and CHS, Inc. at $38K.

Popular Skills for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Certified Surgical Technologists report using 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 10 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Labor & Delivery, Birthing. Those familiar with General Surgery also tend to 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. Certified Surgical Technologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. Certified Surgical Technologists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


Certified Surgical Technologists will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Certified Surgical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Fort Worth (+15 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Tulsa is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Indianapolis and 6 percent less in Tampa, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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Gynecology
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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 426 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
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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