Sterile Processing Technician Salary

Sterile Processing Technicians in the United States take home approximately $14.72 per hour on average. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Sterile Processing Technicians (64 percent) who took the survey are female. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$24,359 - $49,135
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$34K
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MEDIAN: $34,003
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$11.01 - $20.38
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,359 - $49,135  
   
Bonus
$242.40 - $1,957  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$23,180 - $43,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 246
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.01 - $20.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.36  
Overtime
$6.60 - $31.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$242.40 - $1,957  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$23,180 - $43,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,024

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Sterile Processing Technician


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Sterile Processing Technicians who advance into the role of a Sterile Processing Manager are fairly uncommon. Sterile Processing Managers on average earn $62K per year. With an annual salary of $44K, Sterile Processing Supervisor is the most common role for Sterile Processing Technicians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Sterile Processing Technologist role — which usually pays $29K — is also typical for Sterile Processing Technicians, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Sterile Processing Technician


HCA, Inc., Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Mercy Hospital, and Baptist Hospital are among the top companies that take on many Sterile Processing Technicians. Sterile Processing Technicians flock to University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $57K lead the pack in compensation. Soaring salaries can also be found at Kaiser Permanente, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, and Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, where earnings of $53K, $36K, or $36K are standard for Sterile Processing Technicians.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are CHS, Inc. ($25K), Baptist Hospital ($26K), and Mercy Hospital ($26K).

Pay by Experience Level for Sterile Processing Technician

Pay by Experience for a Sterile Processing Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Sterile Processing Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 2,088 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sterile Processing Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 701 salaries. An experienced Sterile Processing Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 542 salaries. A Sterile Processing Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 175 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,108

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

For Sterile Processing Technicians, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 57 percent greater than the national average. Sterile Processing Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+30 percent), Boston (+29 percent), New York (+24 percent), and Philadelphia (+19 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in St. Louis. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (12 percent less) and Richmond (9 percent less).

Sterile Processing Technician Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Sterile Processing Technician

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 298 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

▲19%

▲14%

▲8%

National Average
$31,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

Team Leadership
▲23%

certification
▲20%

Cleaning
▲17%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲17%

▲11%

▲9%

▲4%





National Average
$31,000

Order Inventory
▼4%

Sterile Processing
▼8%

Training
▼12%

Medical Terminology
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 298 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 16%
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