Entry-Level Surgical Technologist Salary

The average Entry-Level Surgical Technologist can expect to rake in roughly $17.05 per hour. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Surgical Technologists making up 78 percent. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$25,594 - $51,455
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$26K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,937
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$13.34 - $22.16
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,594 - $51,455  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$27,956 - $49,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 289
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.34 - $22.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.33  
Overtime
$10.73 - $32.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$27,956 - $49,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,724
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,499

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Surgical Technologists that is 22 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Surgical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Tulsa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average.

Surgical Technologist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Surgical Technologist in Sterling Heights:
"Very rewarding career with many hours spent on your feet."
Maintain good physical health using core exercises, and wear good support stockings as you will spend many hours on your feet.

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 Surgical Technologist Salaries

Robotics
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plastic surgery
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Emergency/Trauma
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Vascular
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Gynecology
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Urology
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Open Heart
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Orthopedics
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Oral Surgery
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General Surgery
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Surgery
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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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