Surgical Technician Salary

Surgical Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $18.51 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $13.39 per hour, and the top verges on $26.37. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Surgical Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Surgical Technicians making up 77 percent. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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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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Surgical Technicians who move on to become Operating Room Registered Nurses may enjoy significant pay raises, as Operating Room Registered Nurses get paid an average of $62K per year. Surgical Technicians most often move into positions as Registered Nurses or Surgical Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $16K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Technician


Survey results imply that Surgical Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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. The majority of those 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.


For Surgical Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. Surgical Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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.

Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Surgical Technicians in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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 the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and San Antonio (8 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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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