Sterile Processing Technician Salary

Median pay for Sterile Processing Technicians in the United States is around $14.02 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.18 per hour and $19.52. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,473 - $48,356
(Median)
$23K
$34K
$48K
MEDIAN: $33,955
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$10.18 - $19.52
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,473 - $48,356  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $595  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $4,932  
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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$21,431 - $41,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 231
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $19.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$2.77 - $27.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $595  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $4,932  
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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$21,431 - $41,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,873
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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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It's not very common for Sterile Processing Technicians to move on to become Sterile Processing Managers. Average pay for a Sterile Processing Manager is $61K 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.

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Survey results imply that Sterile Processing Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Team Leadership can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 24 percent above average. Orthopedics and Oral / Verbal Communication are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 19 percent and 24 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service, Medical Terminology, and Sterile Processing. Employees educated in Instrument Control are typically practiced in sterilization, too.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $28K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $31K. Sterile Processing Technicians bring in $34K 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 $36K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,857

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

Home to some of the best pay for Sterile Processing Technicians, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 59 percent above the national average. Sterile Processing Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), Portland (+20 percent), and Boston (+17 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (12 percent less) and St. Louis (10 percent less).

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
up arrow 20%



National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 24%

Orthopedics
up arrow 19%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 19%

Cleaning
up arrow 6%

Decontamination
up arrow 3%

Instrument Control
up arrow 2%

sterilization
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Operating Room / OR
up arrow 1%

National Average
$30,000

certified
up arrow 1%

Order Inventory
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Sterile Processing
up arrow 4%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 8%

Customer Service
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 339 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: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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