Entry-Level Surgical Technologist Salary

Entry-Level Surgical Technologists take home an average $17.80 per hour. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Entry-Level Surgical Technologists survey respondents are women (76 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,830 - $51,200
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MEDIAN: $39,592
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$14.00 - $23.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,830 - $51,200  
   
Bonus
$153.19 - $3,915  
Total Pay (?
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$29,300 - $50,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 243
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.00 - $23.23  
   
Overtime
$10.19 - $36.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$153.19 - $3,915  
   
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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$29,300 - $50,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,625

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,926

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For Entry-Level Surgical Technologists, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Surgical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+13 percent), New York (+13 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and San Diego (+9 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Entry-Level Surgical Technologists in Tulsa earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Workers in Orlando and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 4 percent less, 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 121 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Surgical Technologist Salaries

Vascular
▲11%

Medicine / Surgery
▲11%

Robotics
▲8%

plastic surgery
▲5%

▲4%

▲4%

▲3%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
▲3%

Emergency/Trauma
▲3%

Oral Surgery
▲3%

Open Heart
▲3%

Brain Surgery
▲3%

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
▲2%


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National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 22%
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