Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salary

For Certified Surgical Technologists, hourly average wages total $18.46 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $14.08 per hour and $25.54. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Job satisfaction for Certified Surgical Technologists is high. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. There are far more female Certified Surgical Technologists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,106 - $59,906
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$25K
$40K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,034
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$14.08 - $25.54
(Median)
$14
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,106 - $59,906  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,006  
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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$29,692 - $55,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 274
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.08 - $25.54  
   
Overtime
$12.62 - $40.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,006  
   
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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$29,692 - $55,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,408

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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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While Certified Surgical Technologists do not often become Operating Room Registered Nurses, the job pays $62K per year on average. Certified Surgical Technologists most often move into Surgical Technologist or Surgical Technician roles. However, the former pays $2K less on average, and the latter pays $3K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Kaiser Permanente pays the most with a median salary of $57K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $32K to a high of $88K.

Popular Skills for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Certified Surgical Technologists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Open Heart, plastic surgery, Pediatrics, and Urology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 14 percent, 13 percent, 12 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Labor & Delivery, Birthing. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $36K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. For Certified Surgical Technologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $46K. 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 $50K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Certified Surgical Technologists, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Certified Surgical Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+25 percent), Denver (+16 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and Fort Worth (+11 percent). Tulsa is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and Orlando (7 percent less).

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Experience Affects Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salaries


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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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Brain Surgery
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General Surgery
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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 403 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: 20%