Median pay for Surgical Technicians in the United States is around $19.13 per hour. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Surgical Technicians making up 77 percent. Job satisfaction for Surgical Technicians is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,317 - $56,590
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$25K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,541
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$14.09 - $27.48
(Median)
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,317 - $56,590  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,915  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$29,233 - $58,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 196
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $27.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.09  
Overtime
$16.11 - $41.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,915  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$29,233 - $58,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,209
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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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Surgical Technicians who transition into a Physician Assistant role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $84K per year. Surgical Technicians moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Operating Room Registered Nurses or Registered Nurses. The median paychecks in those roles are $22K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Technician


Survey results imply that Surgical Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Robotics can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 23 percent above average. Urology and plastic surgery are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 13 percent and 23 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Surgical Technician. 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $42K. On average, Surgical Technicians make $46K following one to two decades on the job. Surgical Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $50K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,547

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surgical Technicians will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Surgical Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), and Phoenix (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 18 percent less in St. Louis and 6 percent less in Jacksonville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Surgical Technician Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Surgical Technician Salaries

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Robotics
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plastic surgery
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ophthalmology
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Neuro
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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General Surgery
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Gynecology
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Optometry
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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Medicine / Surgery
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National Average
$41,000

Surgical Technician
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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