Entry-Level Surgical Technologists can expect wages of $17.60 per hour on average. Female Entry-Level Surgical Technologists make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about one in five lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Surgical Technologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$28,925 - $51,632
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MEDIAN: $39,434
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$13.96 - $22.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,925 - $51,632  
   
Bonus
$195.18 - $2,397  
Total Pay (?
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$29,254 - $50,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.96 - $22.80  
   
Overtime
$9.29 - $35.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$195.18 - $2,397  
   
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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$29,254 - $50,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,515
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,356

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Entry-Level Surgical Technologists earn a generous sum in eastern parts of the United States: Boston, New York, and Baltimore each offer salaries above the national average. Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tulsa. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (18 percent lower) and Birmingham (13 percent lower).

Surgical Technologist Advice

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

Surgical Technologist in Dallas:
"Great until you have a family..."
You will make decent money but I have a stay at home wife and 3 kids so I need to move on to bigger and better things. Check out nursing programs in your area if you're interested.

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

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Vascular
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Robotics
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Urology
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Emergency/Trauma
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Gynecology
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Brain Surgery
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Orthopedics
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Oral Surgery
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Open Heart
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General Surgery
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Surgery
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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
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$37,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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