Surgical Technician Salary

Median pay for Surgical Technicians in the United States is around $18.51 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $13.39 per hour to $26.37. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Female Surgical Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,093 - $57,353
(Median)
$25K
$39K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,165
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$13.39 - $26.37
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,093 - $57,353  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,037  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $5,463  
Commission
$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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$28,038 - $56,611  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 282
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.39 - $26.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.09  
Overtime
$15.35 - $38.55  
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 - $1,037  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $5,463  
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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$28,038 - $56,611  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,504
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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. Typical career progression for a Surgical Technician involves becoming a Registered Nurse or a Surgical Assistant, roles that pay $16K more and $5K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Technician


Survey takers working as Surgical Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in plastic surgery, Robotics, Open Heart, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ophthalmology. Most people who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. Surgical Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $49K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,330

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

For Surgical Technicians, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Surgical Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+28 percent), Sacramento (+28 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Jacksonville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (8 percent lower) and San Antonio (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Surgical Technician Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Surgical Technician Salaries

plastic surgery
up arrow 15%


Robotics
up arrow 14%


Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 6%

Optometry
up arrow 6%

Surgery
up arrow 3%

Urology
up arrow 3%

General Surgery
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
up arrow 1%

ophthalmology
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 218 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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