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Sterile Processing Technician Salary

Sterile Processing Technicians in the United States take home approximately $13.61 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $10.01 per hour on the lower end to $18.74 on the higher end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$22,838 - $46,670
(Median)
$23K
$34K
$47K
MEDIAN: $33,696
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$10.01 - $18.74
(Median)
$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,838 - $46,670  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $686  
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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$21,076 - $40,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $18.74  
   
Overtime
$3.04 - $27.14  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $686  
   
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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$21,076 - $40,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,254

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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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For Sterile Processing Technicians, progressing to a Sterile Processing Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Sterile Processing Manager can earn $60K annually. It is not uncommon for a Sterile Processing Technician to continue on to become a Sterile Processing Supervisor or a Sterile Processing Technologist.

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Sterile Processing Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in certified, Decontamination, Cleaning, and Instrument Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include sterilization. Many workers who know Instrument Control also know sterilization.

Pay by Experience Level for Sterile Processing Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $27K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $30K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Sterile Processing Technicians bring in $33K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Sterile Processing Technicians, 60 percent higher than the national average. Sterile Processing Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Baltimore (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Employers in Cleveland and Tampa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 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 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
up arrow 21%



National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

certified
up arrow 7%

Decontamination
up arrow 6%

Instrument Control
up arrow 3%

Cleaning
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

National Average
$29,000

sterilization
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 305 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 17%
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