Sterile Processing Technician Salary

Sterile Processing Technicians in the United States take home approximately $14.02 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $10.18 per hour and $19.52. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. For the most part, Sterile Processing Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$23,473 - $48,356
(Median)
$23K
$34K
$48K
MEDIAN: $33,955
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$10.18 - $19.52
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,473 - $48,356  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $595  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $4,932  
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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$21,431 - $41,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 231
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $19.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$2.77 - $27.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $595  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $4,932  
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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$21,431 - $41,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,873
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Job Description for Sterile Processing Technician

Sterile processing technicians, also known as surgical technologists, work as part of an operations team in a health care organization. They play an essential role in patient safety as well as infection control. Sterile processing technicians operate the sterilizing equipment such as the autoclave that sterilizes equipment, gloves, and needles. They must obey all hospital policies and are responsible for arranging the surgical equipment in the operating room. They must check, assemble, and adjust all medical tools to ensure they are all functioning properly before the surgery begins. They must make sure all tools and equipment have been decontaminated and that the area is completely sterile before and after procedures. Due to hospitals' around-the-clock schedule, being on-call is often required, as is some holiday work.

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Sterile Processing Technician Tasks

  • Deliver supplies and carts for expected and unusual situations.
  • Prepare equipment for procedures.
  • Sterilize and deliver instruments and equipment for patient care.

Common Career Paths for Sterile Processing Technician


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Though it's uncommon, some Sterile Processing Technicians move into roles as Sterile Processing Managers, where pay is an average $61K per year. The most common career progression for Sterile Processing Technicians leads to becoming a Sterile Processing Supervisor, where average pay is $43K annually. However, many Sterile Processing Technicians also opt to become Sterile Processing Technologists. Typically, a Sterile Processing Technologist brings home $28K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Sterile Processing Technician

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


Sterile Processing Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $28K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $31K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $34K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $36K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,857

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

For Sterile Processing Technicians, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 59 percent greater than the national average. Sterile Processing Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), Portland (+20 percent), and Boston (+17 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. San Antonio and St. Louis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

Sterile Processing Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Sterile Processing Technician?

Sterile Processing Technician in Houston:
"Very rewarding."
Pros: Interacting with other staff. Knowing the importance of what I do and that it is one of the main operations that keep my dept flowing correctly.
Cons: Favortism toward certain employees, base pay.

Sterile Processing Technician in Dallas:
"Being a CRCST is detail driven and fast paced."
Pros: I enjoy assembling the instruments, learning new methods of sterilization and protecting the patients as well as all staff from potentially harmful infections. I mostly love the successful outcome of surgeries that happened because my instruments were ready to be used, the correct instruments and they were sterile.
Cons: Our department is underappreciated.

Sterile Processing Technician in Parkersburg:
"I Believe For What I Do I Deserve More Than What I Make Now."
Pros: Listen to music while I work and knowing that I'm assisting in saving a life and good people.
Cons: It can be quite stressful at times but if it wasn't for the stress I wouldn't be able to enjoy it as much.

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Experience Affects Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%



National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 24%

Orthopedics
up arrow 19%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 19%

Cleaning
up arrow 6%

Decontamination
up arrow 3%

Instrument Control
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sterilization
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Operating Room / OR
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National Average
$30,000

certified
up arrow 1%

Order Inventory
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Sterile Processing
up arrow 4%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 8%

Customer Service
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 339 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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