Surgical Technician Salary (United States)

Surgical Technicians in the United States typically take home $17.98 per hour. The range in pay spans from $12.70 per hour to $24.99. Overall cash earnings for Surgical Technicians stretch from $24,656 on the lower end to $54,680 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $1,152 from bonuses and $3,973 from profit sharing. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and about half earn vision coverage. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 74 percent of workers. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Surgical Technicians who claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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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 (?
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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  
PayScale
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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As Surgical Technicians make advancements in their career path, salaries often climb aggressively. Typically, those in less important roles will make $24K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Operating Room RN. Career advancement for Surgical Technicians often leads to becoming Registered Nurses or Surgical Assistants, where they can earn $16,688 or $5,620 more per year.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Technician

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. 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.
In most cases, Surgical Technicians can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $34K, increasing to $39K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $44K after 10 to 20 years. As Surgical Technicians approach two decades on the job, pay accelerates at a slower pace, and typical earnings come to $49K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 10 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

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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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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Surpassing the national average by 42 percent, Surgical Technicians in Sacramento receive some of the highest pay in the country. Surgical Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+24 percent), New York (+17 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Philadelphia (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Jacksonville. Employers in Oklahoma City and Birmingham also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-15 percent and -12 percent, 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%
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