Surgical Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $19.21 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Surgical Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,773 - $57,475
$26K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,578
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$14.22 - $27.31
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,773 - $57,475  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
Commission
$6,500  
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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$29,507 - $58,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.22 - $27.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.09  
Overtime
$15.95 - $39.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
   
Commission
$6,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$29,507 - $58,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,197

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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

  • Scrub, assist, and anticipate physicians' needs during surgical procedures.
  • Apply specialized knowledge in various surgical procedures to expedite process and reduce patient risk.
  • Assist in the preparation of the surgical area.

Common Career Paths for Surgical Technician


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Surgical Technicians may progress into high-paying roles like Physician Assistant, where median compensation is $84K annually. Surgical Technicians moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Operating Room Registered Nurses or Registered Nurses. The median paychecks in those roles are $22K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Surgical Technician


Survey results imply that Surgical Technicians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Robotics, Urology, and plastic surgery are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 20 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Surgical Technician. Those proficient in General Surgery are, more often than not, also skilled in Orthopedics.

Pay by Experience Level for Surgical Technician

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


For Surgical Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $42K. Surgical Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. 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 $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,717

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Surgical Technicians that is 29 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Surgical Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+21 percent), New York (+17 percent), Phoenix (+14 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 17 percent below the national average. Employers in Chicago and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Surgical Technician

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Surgical Technician Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Surgical Technician Salaries

Robotics
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plastic surgery
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Neuro
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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ophthalmology
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Optometry
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Gynecology
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Medicine / Surgery
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National Average
$41,000

Surgical Technician
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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