Sterile Processing Technician Salary
The average Sterile Processing Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $14.55 per hour. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Sterile Processing Technicians. Female Sterile Processing Technicians survey participants are more prevalent than men — 66 percent of professionals. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Surgical technicians must to be able to proactively develop and maintain technical knowledge in many specialized areas, remaining up to date on changing practices and trends. They must be able to identify areas in which improvements can be made and then help implement those changes.
Sterile processing technicians should also possess great communication skills to work effectively with other members of the team, as well as patients. Certification from a relevant program is necessary; before full certification, they must attend lectures and have clinical training sessions for one year in a hospital setting. Many employers require some experience.
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
Though some Sterile Processing Technicians move into positions like Sterile Processing Manager (where the average salary is $62K), this progression is not the norm. The most common career progression for Sterile Processing Technicians leads to becoming a Sterile Processing Supervisor, where average pay is $44K annually. However, many Sterile Processing Technicians also opt to become Sterile Processing Technologists. Typically, a Sterile Processing Technologist brings home $29K.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Sterile Processing Technician
HCA, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, Baptist Hospital, and Mercy Hospital are among the top companies that take on many Sterile Processing Technicians. For Sterile Processing Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center; in fact, median earnings sit around $57K, the highest in the area. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Kaiser Permanente, Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, and HCA, Inc., where Sterile Processing Technicians typically earn around $50K, $35K, or $29K, respectively.
Also approaching the lower end are Mercy Hospital at $26K, Baptist Hospital at $26K, and HCA, Inc. at $29K.
Pay by Experience Level for Sterile Processing Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Sterile Processing Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $29K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $33K. Sterile Processing Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. Sterile Processing Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $37K.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Sterile Processing Technicians that is 55 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Sterile Processing Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+31 percent), Boston (+27 percent), New York (+26 percent), and Philadelphia (+22 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Richmond and Tampa (10 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).
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