Average Operating Room Aides in the United States make around $12.85 per hour. Women make up a slight majority of Operating Room Aides (55 percent) survey respondents. Though the majority of Operating Room Aides do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,492 - $48,980
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MEDIAN: $35,000
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$35,000  
   
Bonus
$1,140  
Total Pay (?
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$21,193 - $39,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $18.03  
   
Overtime
$16.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$1,140  
   
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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$21,193 - $39,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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Job Description for Operating Room Aide

Operating room aides (also known as surgical room technicians, surgical technologists, or "scrubs") are medical professionals who assist doctors and surgeons in operating rooms during surgical procedures and operations.

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Operating Room Aide Tasks

  • Check patients' pulse, temperature and respiration.
  • Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.
  • Maintain records of patient care, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
  • Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.

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Pay by Experience Level for Operating Room Aide

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Operating Room Aides do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $26K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $31K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $33K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $35K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Operating Room Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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