Surgical Technician Salary

Surgical Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $18.29 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $13.21 per hour to $25.74. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Surgical Technicians making up 76 percent. Work is enjoyable for Surgical Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in five — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$24,972 - $57,782
(Median)
$25K
$39K
$58K
MEDIAN: $38,651
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$13.21 - $25.74
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,972 - $57,782  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
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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$27,838 - $55,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 246
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.21 - $25.74  
   
Overtime
$15.26 - $38.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
   
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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$27,838 - $55,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,325
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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. When Surgical Technicians are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Registered Nurses or Surgical Assistants. Those roles pay an additional $16K and $5K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Technician


Surgical Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Open Heart, Orthopedics, Medicine / Surgery, and Obstetrics/Gynecology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ophthalmology and Urology. Those familiar with General Surgery also tend to know Orthopedics.

Pay by Experience Level for Surgical Technician

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


For Surgical Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $40K. On average, Surgical Technicians make $44K 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 $49K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Sacramento offers some of the highest pay in the country for Surgical Technicians, 36 percent above the national average. Surgical Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), Phoenix (+25 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Jacksonville, 17 percent below the national average. Workers in St. Louis and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 5 percent less, 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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General Surgery
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$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 194 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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 20%
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