Sterile Processing Technician Salary

For Sterile Processing Technicians, hourly average wages total $14.67 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Sterile Processing Technicians. Female Sterile Processing Technicians survey participants are more prevalent than men — 64 percent of professionals. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$24,401 - $49,006
$24K
$34K
$49K
MEDIAN: $33,886
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$10.90 - $20.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,401 - $49,006  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $1,983  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$22,991 - $43,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 232
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.90 - $20.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.36  
Overtime
$6.92 - $30.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$100.00 - $1,983  
   
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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$22,991 - $43,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,884
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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. A Sterile Processing Supervisor role is the most common promotion for Sterile Processing Technicians moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $44K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Sterile Processing Technicians is a Sterile Processing Technologist position, where earnings are usually $29K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Sterile Processing Technician


Many Sterile Processing Technicians can be found at HCA, Inc., Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Mercy Hospital, and Baptist Hospital, firms that are at the top of the field. University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $57K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Kaiser Permanente at $53K, Allina Hospitals and Clinics at $36K, and Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, where Sterile Processing Technicians annually earn $36K.

Employees at CHS, Inc., Baptist Hospital, and Mercy Hospital can also expect below-average earnings of $25K, $26K, and $26K.

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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $29K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $34K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $37K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,014

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 will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+31 percent), Boston (+30 percent), New York (+24 percent), and Philadelphia (+20 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Richmond (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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 266 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

▲19%

▲14%

▲8%

National Average
$31,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

Team Leadership
▲24%

certification
▲20%

Cleaning
▲18%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲18%

▲12%

▲9%

▲4%





National Average
$31,000

Order Inventory
▼4%

Sterile Processing
▼8%

Training
▼11%

Medical Terminology
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 266 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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