Sterile Processing Technician Salary

Sterile Processing Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $13.55 per hour. Pay ranges from $10.00 per hour on the low end to $18.62 on the high end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Sterile Processing Technicians survey respondents are women (70 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$22,993 - $46,715
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$23K
$34K
$47K
MEDIAN: $33,762
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$10.00 - $18.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,993 - $46,715  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $676  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $4,848  
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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$21,053 - $40,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $18.62  
   
Overtime
$2.81 - $26.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $676  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $4,848  
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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$21,053 - $40,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,169

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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.

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Sterile Processing Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in certified, Decontamination, Cleaning, and Instrument Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include sterilization. Instrument Control and sterilization are also commonly seen together.

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. 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 $30K. Sterile Processing Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $33K. 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 $35K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Sterile Processing Technicians, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 56 percent above the national average. Sterile Processing Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Baltimore (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 13 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cleveland (11 percent lower) and Tampa (9 percent lower).

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 10%

Decontamination
up arrow 8%

Instrument Control
up arrow 3%

Cleaning
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

National Average
$29,000

sterilization
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 304 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
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%