Operating Room Aide Salary
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.
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 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.