Median pay for Operating Room Aides in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.05 per hour. Some workers in this field — roughly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Men working as Operating Room Aides who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,134 - $54,631
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$34K
$55K
MEDIAN: $34,102
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$10.18 - $18.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$20,134 - $54,631  
   
Bonus
$1,140  
Total Pay (?
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$21,173 - $42,075  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $18.07  
   
Overtime
$5.15 - $25.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
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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$21,173 - $42,075  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 88

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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

  • 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.
  • Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
  • 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.

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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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $27K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Operating Room Aides make a median salary of $33K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $35K.

Key Stats for Operating Room Aide

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
055
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Operating Room Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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