Sterile Processing Technician Salary

The average Sterile Processing Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $13.73 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $10.03 per hour, and the top verges on $18.90. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Sterile Processing Technicians. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$22,801 - $47,352
(Median)
$23K
$34K
$47K
MEDIAN: $33,537
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$10.03 - $18.90
(Median)
$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,801 - $47,352  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $652  
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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$21,086 - $40,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $18.90  
   
Overtime
$2.81 - $27.26  
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 - $652  
   
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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$21,086 - $40,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,401
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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 it's uncommon, some Sterile Processing Technicians move into roles as Sterile Processing Managers, where pay is an average $60K per year. However, it's more common for Sterile Processing Technicians to move into roles as Sterile Processing Supervisors or Sterile Processing Technologists.

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Sterile Processing Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in certified, Instrument Control, Cleaning, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include sterilization. Instrument Control and sterilization are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $33K in this role. Sterile Processing Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $35K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Sterile Processing Technicians, 52 percent above the national average. Sterile Processing Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+34 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. 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 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 313 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%
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