Surgical Technician Salary

Surgical Technicians in the United States take home approximately $18.26 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $13.16 per hour on the lower side but can approach $25.77 on the higher side. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While about one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Most Surgical Technicians survey respondents are women (76 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,256 - $56,062
(Median)
$24K
$38K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,296
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$13.16 - $25.77
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,256 - $56,062  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
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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$27,574 - $55,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 253
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.16 - $25.77  
   
Overtime
$15.29 - $38.74  
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 - $1,036  
   
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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$27,574 - $55,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,333
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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. Career advancement for the typical Surgical Technician often leads to becoming a Registered Nurse or a Surgical Assistant; median salaries in these positions are $16K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Technician


Surgical Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 pay less than market rate 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.


Surgical Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $34K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $40K. Surgical Technicians see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Surgical Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $49K.

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 will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Philadelphia (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Jacksonville, 16 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Birmingham (13 percent lower) and St. Louis (6 percent lower).

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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
up arrow 4%

General Surgery
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National Average
$39,000

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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Urology
up arrow 4%

ophthalmology
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 198 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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