The average Sterile Processing Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $14.55 per hour. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Sterile Processing Technicians. Female Sterile Processing Technicians survey participants are more prevalent than men — 66 percent of professionals. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,255 - $49,198
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MEDIAN: $34,390
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$10.76 - $20.15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,255 - $49,198  
   
Bonus
$0.66 - $1,987  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$22,651 - $43,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 232
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.76 - $20.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.36  
Overtime
$6.22 - $30.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.66 - $1,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$22,651 - $43,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,838
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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 some Sterile Processing Technicians move into positions like Sterile Processing Manager (where the average salary is $62K), this progression is not the norm. 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


HCA, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, Baptist Hospital, and Mercy Hospital are among the top companies that take on many Sterile Processing Technicians. For Sterile Processing Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center; in fact, median earnings sit around $57K, the highest in the area. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Kaiser Permanente, Scott & White Hospital and Clinic, and HCA, Inc., where Sterile Processing Technicians typically earn around $50K, $35K, or $29K, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are Mercy Hospital at $26K, Baptist Hospital at $26K, and HCA, Inc. at $29K.

Pay by Experience Level for Sterile Processing Technician

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


For Sterile Processing Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $29K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $33K. Sterile Processing Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. Sterile Processing Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $37K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,763

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With a pay rate for Sterile Processing Technicians that is 55 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 (+26 percent), and Philadelphia (+22 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Richmond and Tampa (10 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

Sterile Processing Technician Reviews

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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Experience Affects Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Sterile Processing Technician Salaries

Cleaning
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certification
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Team Leadership
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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sterilization
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Orthopedics
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Decontamination
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Instrument Control
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Customer Service
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National Average
$31,000

Aseptic Processing
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Order Inventory
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certified
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Sterile Processing
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Medical Terminology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 245 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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