Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salary

Median pay for Certified Surgical Technologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $18.52 per hour. Compensation ranges between $14.21 per hour and $25.72. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Surgical Technologists. Women make up the vast majority of Certified Surgical Technologists (81 percent) who answered the questionnaire. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,205 - $60,186

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$14.21 - $25.72

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,205 - $60,186  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
Profit Sharing
$147.40 - $1,323  
Total Pay (?
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$30,016 - $56,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.21 - $25.72  
   
Overtime
$12.91 - $40.31  
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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$30,016 - $56,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,785
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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 who advance into the role of an Operating Room Registered Nurse are fairly uncommon. Operating Room Registered Nurses on average earn $62K per year. A lot of Certified Surgical Technologists advance their careers by becoming Surgical Technologists and Surgical Technicians. However, those positions offer $2K less and $3K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Certified Surgical Technologists include HCA, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Mercy Hospital, Baptist Health Systems, and Tampa General Hospital. 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.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Baptist Health Systems ($36K), Tampa General Hospital ($37K), and CHS, Inc. ($38K).

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 Brain Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Labor & Delivery, Birthing. 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.


For Certified Surgical Technologists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Certified Surgical Technologists make $47K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Certified Surgical Technologists, 30 percent higher than the national average. Certified Surgical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), and Fort Worth (+14 percent). Tulsa is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Employers in Indianapolis and Tampa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 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


plastic surgery
up arrow 14%


Brain Surgery
up arrow 9%

up arrow 5%


Orthopedics
up arrow 4%

Gynecology
up arrow 4%

Operating Room / OR
up arrow 3%

Robotics
up arrow 3%

Vascular
up arrow 2%

General Surgery
up arrow 1%

Surgery
up arrow 1%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
0%

National Average
$40,000

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 432 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
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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