Sterile Processing Technician Salary

Pay for Sterile Processing Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $14.81 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women make up the majority of Sterile Processing Technicians (64 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Sterile Processing Technicians. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,440 - $48,916
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$34K
$49K
MEDIAN: $34,356
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$11.11 - $20.44
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$0$48K
Salary $24,440 - $48,916
Bonus $243.98 - $1,944
Profit Sharing $5,000
Total Pay (?
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$23,400 - $44,049
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 244
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $11.11 - $20.44
Hourly Tips $1.36
Overtime $6.87 - $31.02
Annual Data $0$44K
Bonus $243.98 - $1,944
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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$23,400 - $44,049
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,985

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Sterile Processing Technicians sometimes become Sterile Processing Managers, where the average income is $62K per year. As Sterile Processing Technicians progress in their field, many go on to become Sterile Processing Supervisors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $44K per year. Another common career choice for Sterile Processing Technicians is to move into a Sterile Processing Technologist role. Typically, Sterile Processing Technologists get paid $29K.

Sterile Processing Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Sterile Processing Technician


Dominating the field, HCA, Inc., Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Mercy Hospital, and Baptist Hospital are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Sterile Processing Technicians. Those at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $57K. Kaiser Permanente, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, and Scott & White Hospital and Clinic are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Sterile Processing Technicians earning around $53K, $36K, or $36K at each firm, respectively.

CHS, Inc., Baptist Hospital and Mercy Hospital are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $25K, $26K, and $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: $31,269

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

For Sterile Processing Technicians, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 56 percent above the national average. Sterile Processing Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+30 percent), Boston (+28 percent), New York (+23 percent), and Philadelphia (+19 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in St. Louis. Employers in Orlando and Richmond also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Sterile Processing Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Sterile Processing Technician?

Sterile Processing Technician in Cincinnati:
"Very important job. Must have integreity, values."
Pros: Knowing you can make a difference in people's life.
Cons: 12 hour shifts.

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 Grand Blanc:
"Great."
Pros: Everything about it I lov it soo much.
Cons:

Sterile Processing Technician in Fort Wayne:
"Constant Learning."
Pros: Learning new instruments and sterile items for surgery.
Cons: Hours are not flexible enough and the pay scale has not increased in years.

Sterile Processing Technician in Oklahoma City:
"It's a very detailed high pace job."
Pros: That I play a part in saving someone's life.
Cons: Under paid. Without us, doctors, nurses, scrub tech can't do their jobs .

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 318 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

▲18%

▲14%

▲8%

National Average
$31,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

Team Leadership
▲23%

certification
▲19%

Cleaning
▲17%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲17%

▲11%

▲9%

▲3%





National Average
$31,000

Order Inventory
▼5%

Sterile Processing
▼9%

Training
▼12%

Medical Terminology
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 318 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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