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Surgical Technician Salary (United States)

Pay for Surgical Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $17.98 per hour. In the world of Surgical Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $27K and $54K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $1K and $4K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Female Surgical Technicians make up most of the field at 74 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Surgical Technician Salary (?
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$24,656 - $54,680
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MEDIAN: $37,859
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Surgical Technician Salary (?
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$12.70 - $24.99
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,656 - $54,680  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,152  
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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$26,850 - $54,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 279
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.70 - $24.99  
   
Overtime
$15.78 - $37.38  
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 - $1,152  
   
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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$26,850 - $54,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,284
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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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Additional career progression can often lead to a hefty increase in pay for Surgical Technicians. Many move into a Operating Room Registered Nurse role where pay averages at $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 $17K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Technician

Survey results show that Surgical Technicians use a fair number of 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 25 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. 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.
Surgical Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Surgical Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $49K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise close to a tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining close to one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

Sacramento
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Los Angeles
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New York
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Boston
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Philadelphia
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Detroit
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Chicago
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Houston
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Dallas
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National Average
$38,000
St. Louis
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San Antonio
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Birmingham
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Oklahoma City
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Jacksonville
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For Surgical Technicians, working in the bustling city of Sacramento has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, top-paying markets where Surgical Technicians rake in more than the national norm (+24 percent, +17 percent, +12 percent, and +11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Jacksonville, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Oklahoma City and Birmingham are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 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

Open Heart
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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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 186 votes.

Gender

Female
74%
female alumni
 
Male
26%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 20%