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Surgical Technician Salary

Surgical Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $18.21 per hour. Compensation ranges between $13.07 per hour and $25.43. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Surgical Technicians survey respondents are women (76 percent). A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Most Surgical Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,617 - $55,825
(Median)
$25K
$39K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,572
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$13.07 - $25.43
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,617 - $55,825  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,035  
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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$27,529 - $54,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 256
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.07 - $25.43  
   
Overtime
$15.38 - $38.38  
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 - $1,035  
   
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).
)
$27,529 - $54,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,279

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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. A common career progression for a Surgical Technician is to become a Registered Nurse or a Surgical Assistant. Compared to Surgical Technicians, the first group earns $16K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Technician


Survey results suggest that Surgical Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Open Heart, Orthopedics, Medicine / Surgery, and Obstetrics/Gynecology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Urology. 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $40K. For Surgical Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $49K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surgical Technicians will find that Phoenix offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Surgical Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sacramento (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and New York (+12 percent). In Birmingham, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Jacksonville and 14 percent less in Oklahoma City, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Surgical Technician Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Surgical Technician Salaries




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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
$39,000

Urology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 195 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: 78% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%