Sterile Processing Technician Salary

Median pay for Sterile Processing Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.75 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.04 per hour and $18.90. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Sterile Processing Technicians is high. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$22,976 - $46,762
(Median)
$23K
$34K
$47K
MEDIAN: $33,534
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$10.04 - $18.90
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,976 - $46,762  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $646  
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $4,894  
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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$21,111 - $40,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $18.90  
   
Overtime
$2.84 - $27.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $646  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $4,894  
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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$21,111 - $40,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,418
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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.

Common Career Paths for Sterile Processing Technician


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Though some Sterile Processing Technicians move into positions like Sterile Processing Manager (where the average salary is $60K), this progression is not the norm. It is more probable, however, that Sterile Processing Technicians become Sterile Processing Supervisors or Sterile Processing Technologists.

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Sterile Processing Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in certified, Instrument Control, Cleaning, 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. It is not unusual for someone who knows Instrument Control to be familiar with sterilization as well.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $27K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $31K. Sterile Processing Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $33K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $35K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Sterile Processing Technicians will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 55 percent. Sterile Processing Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+34 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Cleveland and 10 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Sterile Processing Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Sterile Processing Technician?

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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Experience Affects Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

certified
up arrow 3%

Instrument Control
up arrow 2%

Cleaning
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$29,000

Decontamination
up arrow 2%

sterilization
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 314 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 17%
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