Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salary

Pay for Certified Surgical Technologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $19.91 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Certified Surgical Technologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Certified Surgical Technologists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 83 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,665 - $56,284
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MEDIAN: $40,968
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,665 - $56,284  
   
Bonus
$260.36 - $4,932  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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$31,918 - $59,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 217
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
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$15.23 - $27.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$17.15 - $41.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$260.36 - $4,932  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$31,918 - $59,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,016

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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 go on to become Materials Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Materials Managers is $67K annually. Certified Surgical Technologists most often move into Surgical Technologist or Surgical Technician roles. However, the former pays $4K less on average, and the latter pays $5K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Many Certified Surgical Technologists can be found at HCA, Inc., Tampa General Hospital, St Vincent Hospital Indianapolis, Texas Health Resources, and Banner Health, firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at Kaiser Permanente — the median salary there is $59K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Memorial Hermann Hospital, Vanderbilt Hospital, and Texas Health Resources, top-paying firms where Certified Surgical Technologists rake in a respectable $58K, $56K, or $52K, respectively.

Baptist Health Systems, Methodist Healthcare and HCA, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $36K, $36K, and $40K.

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, plastic surgery, Pediatrics, and Brain Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. Most people experienced in General Surgery also know Operating Room / OR and Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 1,644 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 849 salaries. An experienced Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 743 salaries. A Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 313 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,430

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Certified Surgical Technologists, 36 percent above the national average. Certified Surgical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+25 percent), San Diego (+21 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), and Fort Worth (+18 percent). Jacksonville is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin and Indianapolis (5 percent lower).

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
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 362 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salaries

▲21%

▲14%

▲4%

National Average
$42,000

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Skills That Affect Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 362 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
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: 64%
no benefits
None: 17%
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