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Entry-Level Surgical Technologist Salary (United States)

A typical Surgical Technologist can expect to take home roughly $16.11 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair portion, and more than half earn dental coverage. Men working as Entry-Level Surgical Technologists are solidly outnumbered, with women representing 77 percent of workers. Most Entry-Level Surgical Technologists report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Surgical Technologist Salary (?
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$24,189 - $50,446
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MEDIAN: $36,030
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Entry-Level Surgical Technologist Salary (?
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$12.63 - $20.82
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,189 - $50,446  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,173  
Profit Sharing
$396.63 - $2,751  
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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$26,214 - $47,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.63 - $20.82  
   
Overtime
$14.65 - $31.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,173  
   
Profit Sharing
$396.63 - $2,751  
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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$26,214 - $47,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,612
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Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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San Diego
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Houston
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Boston
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Seattle
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Chicago
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New York
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Dallas
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Detroit
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Phoenix
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National Average
$35,000
Austin
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Miami
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Atlanta
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Oklahoma City
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Tulsa
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Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Entry-Level Surgical Technologists in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, and Houston are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Surgical Technologists earning around 29 percent, 20 percent, 20 percent, and 20 percent more than average. Tulsa is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Workers in Oklahoma City and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

Surgical Technologist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Surgical Technologist in Columbia:
"You Don't Make The Money You Should For What You Are Required."
Be sure you can work under pressure and love your job for what it is and not for the money.
Surgical Technologist in Fall River:
"What Are You Getting Into?"
Be aware that the work you do isn't always compensated equivocally monetarily. You will never be paid what you deserve to be paid in this job if you are a hard worker with a strong work ethic. Then why do the job? You ask. Because it is not about us. It is always about the patient. Always should be. You will silently save lives, assist and help the surgeons, work with and for the nurses who run the room by setting up room and assisting with all needs and aspects of each patients care, you will also be required to know all services and their procedures and every different doctors preferences in each of the hundreds of different procedures. Many techs will experience having to sit perfectly still for four hours in the same position or you may have to stand in one spot for eleven hours with only a thirty minute break. Not to mention call cases. All in all it takes someone special to do this job. Always remember INTEGRITY FIRST, be proactive about your education level, always stay calm!
Surgical Technologist in Bradenton:
"Surgical Field."
This has got to be one of the best places to work in the surgical or medical arena, however we are under paid for our responsibilities and accountable knowledge and practices. It's environment unlike others unique unto itself and set apart from other departments, it's been an educational journey, but one must move vertically to find compensation.
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Surgical Technologist Salaries

Open Heart
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Oral Surgery
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Robotics
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Orthopedics
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Emergency/Trauma
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Urology
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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General Surgery
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Surgery
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Gynecology
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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
77%
female alumni
 
Male
23%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 19%