Operating Room Aide Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Operating room aides must have vast and intimate knowledge of surgical tools and procedures, and their duties often revolve around assembling, inspecting, and maintaining surgical tools and instruments. They also help prepare patients for surgery and ensure that that the surgical room is sterile, clean, and adheres to standard medical room codes. Most operating room aides are detail-oriented and able to balance multiple tasks simultaneously, and excellent verbal and written skills are also important in this position.
These aides must be effective communicators and able to work in intense and stressful situations, as patients' lives are at stake during every operation. Because they must handle sensitive, fragile, and expensive equipment on a daily basis, they must also be highly dexterous. Operations may last for many hours, so they must always be in good health and able to stand for many consecutive hours.
Operating room aides must have a high school diploma or equivalent and at least an associate's degree in surgical technology; program lengths vary and may last from 9 months to two years. The program must also be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in order to receive the proper certification.
The working environments of operating room aides are hospitals and medical centers of varying sizes, and they work primarily in operating rooms which are sterile, properly equipped, and well-lit. Operating room aides work with doctors, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and other hospital staff, and working hours may vary greatly depending on scheduled operations.
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.
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