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Sterile Processing Technician Salary

Earnings for Sterile Processing Technicians in the United States come in at around $13.47 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.98 per hour and $18.52. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$22,649 - $46,958
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MEDIAN: $33,275
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,649 - $46,958  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $689  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $4,848  
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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$21,020 - $40,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $18.52  
   
Overtime
$2.83 - $27.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $689  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $4,848  
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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$21,020 - $40,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,913
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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.

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Sterile Processing Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in certified, Cleaning, Instrument Control, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like sterilization. Sterilization is a skill commonly found among those who know Instrument Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Sterile Processing Technician

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $27K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $30K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $33K in this role. Sterile Processing Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $35K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Sterile Processing Technicians, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 66 percent above the national average. Sterile Processing Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+34 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Baltimore (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cleveland and St. Louis (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Sterile Processing Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Sterile Processing Technician?

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 21%

Experienced
up arrow 14%


National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

certified
up arrow 13%

Cleaning
up arrow 4%

Instrument Control
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Decontamination
0%

National Average
$29,000

sterilization
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 279 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 17%