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Surgical Technician Salary

Surgical Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $18.20 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $13.08 per hour on the lower end to $25.43 on the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Female Surgical Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Work is enjoyable for Surgical Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, approximately one-fifth claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,272 - $56,035
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,530
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$13.08 - $25.43
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$24,272 - $56,035  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
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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$27,473 - $54,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 253
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
$13.08 - $25.43  
   
Overtime
$15.50 - $38.26  
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 - $1,036  
   
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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$27,473 - $54,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,293

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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. Career advancement for the typical Surgical Technician often leads to becoming a Registered Nurse or a Surgical Assistant; median salaries in these positions are $16K higher and $5K 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, skills in Open Heart, Orthopedics, Medicine / Surgery, and Obstetrics/Gynecology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Urology. It is often found that people who know General Surgery are also skilled in Orthopedics.

Pay by Experience Level for Surgical Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. Surgical Technicians bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $49K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Surgical Technicians, working in the bustling city of Sacramento has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Surgical Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), Boston (+23 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). 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 (14 percent lower) and Birmingham (13 percent lower).

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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 193 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%
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