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Surgical Technician Salary

For Surgical Technicians, hourly average wages total $18.21 per hour. Compensation ranges between $13.11 per hour and $25.40. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Surgical Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Although about one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,301 - $55,932
(Median)
$24K
$38K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,445
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$13.11 - $25.40
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,301 - $55,932  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,037  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $3,973  
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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$27,479 - $54,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.11 - $25.40  
   
Overtime
$15.33 - $38.28  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,037  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $3,973  
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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$27,479 - $54,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,303

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Job Description for Surgical Technician

A surgical technician - sometimes called a surgical tech, OR (operating room) tech or scrub tech - typically work in a large hospital, a day-surgery center, or a specialty outpatient center.

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Surgical Technician Tasks

  • Assist in the preparation of the surgical area.
  • Apply specialized knowledge in various surgical procedures to expedite process and reduce patient risk.
  • Scrub, assist, and anticipate physicians' needs during surgical procedures.

Common Career Paths for Surgical Technician


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Many Surgical Technicians move into an Operating Room Registered Nurse role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $62K per year. Registered Nurses or Surgical Assistants are common next-step roles for Surgical Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Registered Nurses is $16K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for Surgical Assistants.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Technician


Survey results show that Surgical Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Open Heart, Orthopedics, Medicine / Surgery, and Obstetrics/Gynecology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Urology. For most people, competency in General Surgery indicates knowledge of Orthopedics.

Pay by Experience Level for Surgical Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Surgical Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Surgical Technicians make a median salary of $44K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $49K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Surgical Technicians in Sacramento enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Surgical Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Jacksonville. Employers also pay below the national average in Oklahoma City (14 percent lower) and San Antonio (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Surgical Technician Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Surgical Technician Salaries




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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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General Surgery
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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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National Average
$39,000

Urology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 21%
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