Sterile Processing Technician Salary

The average Sterile Processing Technician in the United States earns approximately $13.77 per hour. Pay ranges from $10.05 per hour on the low end to $18.90 on the high end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the company and tenure. Female Sterile Processing Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$23,258 - $46,715

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$10.05 - $18.90

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,258 - $46,715  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $654  
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).
)
$21,133 - $40,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.05 - $18.90  
   
Overtime
$2.60 - $27.12  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $654  
   
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).
)
$21,133 - $40,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,457
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


There are some Sterile Processing Technicians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Sterile Processing Managers, where earnings are an average $60K annually. With an annual salary of $43K, Sterile Processing Supervisor is the most common role for Sterile Processing Technicians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Sterile Processing Technologist role — which usually pays $28K — is also typical for Sterile Processing Technicians, though less common by comparison.

Sterile Processing Technician Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Sterile Processing Technician



Sterile Processing Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Decontamination, Instrument Control, Cleaning, and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include sterilization. Experience with Instrument Control is often linked with knowledge of sterilization.

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. 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 $31K. Sterile Processing Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. 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 $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Sterile Processing Technicians, 54 percent above the national average. Sterile Processing Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+32 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and Boston (+14 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. St. Louis and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%



National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

Decontamination
up arrow 3%

Instrument Control
up arrow 2%

Cleaning
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
up arrow 1%

certified
0%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$29,000

sterilization
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 316 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: 80% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 17%
ADVERTISEMENT