Surgical Technician Salary

Surgical Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $18.29 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $13.17 per hour on the low end to $25.77 on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. While roughly a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Surgical Technicians making up 76 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,958 - $57,897

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$13.17 - $25.77

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,958 - $57,897  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,028  
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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$27,771 - $55,739  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 245
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.17 - $25.77  
   
Overtime
$15.39 - $38.60  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,028  
   
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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$27,771 - $55,739  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,314
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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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Advancing into an Operating Room Registered Nurse role seems to be a popular career move for Surgical Technicians, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $62K per year. A common career progression for a Surgical Technician is to become a Registered Nurse or a Surgical Assistant. Compared to Surgical Technicians, the first group earns $16K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Technician


Survey results suggest that Surgical Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Open Heart, Orthopedics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ophthalmology and Urology. Most people familiar with General Surgery also know Orthopedics.

Pay by Experience Level for Surgical Technician

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


For many Surgical Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $40K. Surgical Technicians bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. Surgical Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $49K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Surgical Technicians in Sacramento receive some of the highest pay in the country. Surgical Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+29 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Philadelphia (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Jacksonville. Employers in Birmingham and Oklahoma City also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Surgical Technician Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Surgical Technician Salaries



Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Surgery
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Medicine / Surgery
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General Surgery
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National Average
$39,000

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Urology
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ophthalmology
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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
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 20%
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