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Surgical Technician Salary (United States)

Average Surgical Technicians in the United States make around $18.08 per hour. Pay ranges from $12.99 per hour on the low end to $25.10 on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Female Surgical Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. Most Surgical Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Surgical Technician Salary (?
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$24,610 - $55,016
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MEDIAN: $38,224
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Surgical Technician Salary (?
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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$12.99 - $25.10
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,610 - $55,016  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,067  
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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$27,328 - $54,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 274
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.99 - $25.10  
   
Overtime
$16.27 - $37.36  
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 - $1,067  
   
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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$27,328 - $54,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,250
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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 often transition into upper level Operating Room Registered Nurse positions, where pay tends to be much higher. On average, Operating Room Registered Nurses earn $62K per year. Typical career progression for a Surgical Technician involves becoming a Registered Nurse or a Surgical Assistant, roles that pay $17K more and $6K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Technician

Surgical Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Open Heart, Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN), and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. 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.
Surgical Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $34K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $40K. Surgical Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $48K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Sacramento
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Los Angeles
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Boston
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Philadelphia
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Houston
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Chicago
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Detroit
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Dallas
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National Average
$38,000
St. Louis
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Birmingham
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Oklahoma City
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Jacksonville
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Surgical Technicians, working in the bustling city of Sacramento has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Surgical Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+17 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Philadelphia (+13 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Jacksonville is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Oklahoma City and Birmingham (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Surgical Technician Salaries

National Average
$38,000

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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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
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: 49% employee benefits None: 20%