Entry-Level Surgical Technologists pull down an average of $17.69 per hour. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Surgical Technologists making up 76 percent. For the most part, Entry-Level Surgical Technologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,842 - $51,596  
   
Bonus
$193.15 - $2,429  
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$29,357 - $50,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.02 - $22.98  
   
Overtime
$8.93 - $35.47  
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$193.15 - $2,429  
   
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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$29,357 - $50,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,571

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,666

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For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Surgical Technologists in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Surgical Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+14 percent), New York (+14 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and Baltimore (+12 percent). Entry-Level Surgical Technologists in Tulsa report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Orlando and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Surgical Technologist Advice

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Surgical Technologist

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.
070
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
14%
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Skills That Affect Surgical Technologist Salaries

Vascular
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Robotics
up arrow 8%

Urology
up arrow 5%

plastic surgery
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Gynecology
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Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 4%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 3%

Oral Surgery
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Open Heart
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Brain Surgery
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Labor & Delivery, Birthing
up arrow 1%

Surgery
0%

National Average
$38,000

Neuro
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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