The average Sterilization Technician in the United States earns approximately $12.65 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Sterilization Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (80 percent) of Sterilization Technicians who took the survey are female. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and a little over a half receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,839 - $55,369
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MEDIAN: $34,739
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$9.90 - $18.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,839 - $55,369  
   
Bonus
$20.27 - $3,940  
Profit Sharing
$3,200  
Total Pay (?
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$20,664 - $38,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $18.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.04  
Overtime
$8.79 - $30.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$20.27 - $3,940  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,200  
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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$20,664 - $38,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 237

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Job Description for Sterilization Technician

A sterilization technician works in places like hospitals, clinics, and dental offices. He or she cleans and decontaminates the various instruments used in routine operations and procedures. The technician is typically provided with a fairly inflexible list of procedures and guidelines to follow. The technician performs general cleaning and sterilizing of all instruments, but in certain situations where more specialized instruments are called for, he or she also must be aware of patient scheduling and any posted needs by medical professionals. That way, the tech can have the proper tools sterilized and prepared when needed.

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Sterilization Technician Tasks

  • Monitor and review inventory, ensuring hygienic and appropriate storage.
  • Assemble, organize, and deliver equipment and tools.
  • Document inventory and update records, communicating issues.

Common Career Paths for Sterilization Technician


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Many Sterilization Technicians advance into a slightly higher-paying Sterile Processing Technician position. Average compensation for Sterile Processing Technicians is $30K.

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Key Stats for Sterilization Technician

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
053
Less than 1 year
26%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Sterilization Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
26%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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