Sterile Processing Technician Salary

Median pay for Sterile Processing Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $14.61 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The majority of Sterile Processing Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Sterile Processing Technicians who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 65 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$24,524 - $49,129
$25K
$34K
$49K
MEDIAN: $34,388
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$10.80 - $20.27
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MEDIAN: $14.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,524 - $49,129  
   
Bonus
$96.96 - $1,997  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$22,790 - $43,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.80 - $20.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.36  
Overtime
$6.99 - $30.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$96.96 - $1,997  
   
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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$22,790 - $43,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,972

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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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While Sterile Processing Technicians do not often become Sterile Processing Managers, the job pays $62K per year on average. 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


Many Sterile Processing Technicians can be found at HCA, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, Mercy Hospital, and Baptist Hospital, firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center — the median salary there is $57K. Sterile Processing Technicians will also find cushy salaries at Kaiser Permanente (+$53K), Allina Hospitals and Clinics (+$36K), and Scott & White Hospital and Clinic (+$35K).

CHS, Inc., Baptist Hospital, and Mercy Hospital are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($25K, $26K, and $26K respectively).

Pay by Experience Level for Sterile Processing Technician

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


Sterile Processing Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $29K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $34K. Sterile Processing Technicians bring in $35K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $37K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,913

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Sterile Processing Technicians that is 61 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 (+25 percent), and Philadelphia (+21 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 271 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

▲20%

▲15%

▲9%

National Average
$31,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

Cleaning
▲24%

Team Leadership
▲22%

certification
▲21%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲18%

▲11%

▲10%

Decontamination
▲3%




National Average
$31,000

certified
▼2%

Order Inventory
▼3%

Sterile Processing
▼8%

Training
▼11%

Medical Terminology
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 271 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

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: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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