Surgical Technician Salary (United States)

The average Surgical Technician in the United States earns approximately $17.98 per hour. The top of the range reaches $24.99, and the bottom approaches $12.70 per hour. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Female Surgical Technicians make up most of the field at 74 percent. Work is enjoyable for Surgical Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed 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 (?
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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 (?
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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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Oftentimes, Surgical Technicians' salaries rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Operating Room RN usually get paid an extra $24K per year. It is quite typical for Surgical Technicians to transition into roles as Registered Nurses or Surgical Assistants, where expected earnings are an additional $16,688 or $5,620 per year.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Technician

Surgical Technicians report using a wide range of professional 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.
For many Surgical Technicians, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Though starting salaries approximate $34K, they climb to $39K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $44K after 10 to 20 years. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Surgical Technicians after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $49K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 10 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Los Angeles
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New York
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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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For Surgical Technicians, busy Sacramento offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Surgical Technicians earning around 24 percent, 17 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent more than average. Jacksonville is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Oklahoma City (-15 percent) and Birmingham (-12 percent).

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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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$38,000

Job Satisfaction

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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%