Surgical Technologist Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Surgical Technologist is $17.80 per hour. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Vascular, Neurosurgery, Open Heart, and Neuroscience. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Surgical Technologist Total Pay (?
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$25,532 - $54,522
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MEDIAN: $39,425
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Surgical Technologist Total Pay (?
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$13.44 - $24.66
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,532 - $54,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,182  
Profit Sharing
$98.26 - $4,958  
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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$28,259 - $53,873  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,713
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.44 - $24.66  
   
Overtime
$15.42 - $37.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,182  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.26 - $4,958  
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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$28,259 - $53,873  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,713
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Job Description for Surgical Technologist

A surgical technologist is responsible for helping with a number of duties both before and after surgery is performed on a patient. Before the surgery, the technologist will inspect, maintain, decontaminate, and (if necessary) repair surgical equipment. The technologist will keep inventory records up to date for surgical tools and equipment. As doctors prepare for surgery, the technologist will work to retrieve, assemble, and transport surgical equipment as well as ensure that the patient is ready. This may include shaving an area to prepare for surgery or transporting the patient. The technologist will set up the surgical field and collaborate with nurses and doctors to assist where needed and keep all equipment ready. This equipment may include linens, saline, lights, suction machine, and other materials required for the patient's procedure. After the surgery is complete, the technologist will ensure that all pieces of equipment leave the room to be properly disposed of or sterilized and safely stored for future use. Doctors may also ask the surgical technologist to apply dressings for patients in order to ensure a safe and healthy healing process after surgery. A surgical technologist should be CPR certified, and if not already a graduate of an accredited surgical technology program, should be able to become certified within a short time after being hired. Once hired, the surgical technician will work as needed and may not have a set schedule due to the fact that surgeries can be scheduled on an emergency basis. A good surgical technician will be able to respond to emergency calls and report to work as necessary.
Surgical Technologist Tasks
  • Set up and maintain surgical field, collaborating with nurses and doctors and assisting where required.
  • Assemble, transport, and retrieve surgical equipment, ensuring all pieces leave the room.
  • Keep all needed surgical equipment at the ready, including sterile linens, saline, lights, suction machines, etc.
  • Inspect, maintain, decontaminate, and repair surgical equipment, keeping inventory records up to date.
  • Conduct pre- and post-surgery patient care, including shaving, transporting, and applying dressings.

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Pay Difference By Location

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Experience Affects Surgical Technologist Salaries

National Average
$38,000

Skills That Affect Surgical Technologist Salaries

Vascular
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Neurosurgery
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Neuroscience
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General Surgery
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Surgery
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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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National Average
$38,000
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Gender

Female
77%
female alumni
 
Male
23%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 20%
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