$43,111
Avg. Salary
$20.44
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$974

Bonus

$983

Profit Sharing

$3,600

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is $20.44 per hour.

The average pay for a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is $43,111 per year.

10%
$15.64
10%
$20.44
50%
$28.46
90%
90%
MEDIAN $20.44
10%
$31k
10%
$43k
50%
$61k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $43,111
$30,590 - $60,608
$31K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,111
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$15.64 - $28.46
$16
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $20.44
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$0$61K
Salary $30,590 - $60,608
Bonus $148 - $3,894
Profit Sharing $340 - $4,099
Commission $3,600
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).
)
$32,945 - $61,270
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 442
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $15.64 - $28.46
Hourly Tips $3.13
Overtime $18.59 - $42.64
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $148 - $3,894
Commission $3,600
Profit Sharing $340 - $4,099
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).
)
$32,945 - $61,270
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,633

Job Description for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

Certified surgical technologists (CST) generally care for surgical patients under the supervision of a registered nurse and attending doctor(s) of the patient's case. They are responsible for preparing, selecting, and maintaining any and all surgical equipment, and must also be able to clean and maintain a variety of surgical tools. They may occasionally be responsible for ensuring that the surgical room is prepared with all necessary tools before a procedure takes place, and different procedures often call for different surgical tools, so a CST must understand when certain tools are necessary.

Read More...
Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Tasks
  • Inspect, maintain, decontaminate, and repair surgical equipment, keeping inventory records up to date.
  • Conduct pre- and post-surgery patient care, including shaving, transporting, and applying dressings.
  • Keep all needed surgical equipment at the ready, including sterile linens, saline, lights, suction machines, etc.
  • Set up and maintain surgical field, collaborating with nurses and doctors and assisting where required.
  • Assemble, transport, and retrieve surgical equipment, ensuring all pieces leave the room.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Pay By Employer

$0$99K

HCA, Inc.
33 profiles
$45,423

$38,425

$41,875

CHS, Inc.
16 profiles
$43,807

Banner Health
15 profiles
$45,760

Methodist
14 profiles
$50,150

$66,272

Tennova
12 profiles
$33,557

Baptist Hospital
12 profiles
$34,778

$57,121

Common Career Paths for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Certified Surgical Technologists who go on to become Materials Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Materials Managers is $67K annually. Many Certified Surgical Technologists choose to become Surgical Technologists and Surgical Technicians as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $4K less and $6K less, respectively.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


Survey takers working as Certified Surgical Technologists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Open Heart, plastic surgery, Pediatrics, and Brain Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. Most people who know General Surgery also know Operating Room / OR and Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 1,644 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 849 salaries. An experienced Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 743 salaries. A Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 313 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,643

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Certified Surgical Technologists that is 34 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Certified Surgical Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+24 percent), San Diego (+20 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), and Fort Worth (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Jacksonville is the market with the smallest paychecks. On the whole, employers pay 6 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Austin and Indianapolis.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)?

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in Sioux City:
"Good with the Bad."
Pros: I love being able to successfully assist with a procedure and be a part of a team that facilitates efficiency and accuracy for the benefit of patient care and saticfaction.
Cons: Surgeons just don't understand what it takes to get a surgery started and how many different ways there are to do one surgery.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in Plano:
"Operating room."
Pros: The operating room atmosphere.
Cons: Lots of stress when things go bad.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in North Richland Hills:
"It's interesting."
Pros: Helping people.
Cons: Long hours. And stressful.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in Tampa:
Pros:
Cons: Work schedule flexibility; department conditions; management.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in Somerville:
"Helping people."
Pros: Being part of a team with a common goal to help sick or injured people get better.
Cons:

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in Nashville:
"Wish I'd found Surgical Technology when I was younger."
Learn to do your job to the best of your ability and pay attention to what others on the OR team do so you can be a bigger help to the them; this will also allow you to advance in your career.

Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in Beverly Hills:
"Most Valued Employee Within The Surgical Team."
Although my co-workers have acquired more education to be a part of the surgical team. After 25 years of working with Surgeons, Anesthesia providers Anesthesiologist, Nurses and other CST workers, I find that I am just an equal valuable link within the surgical team and the only thing that keeps me from moving up the chain is my lack of education. If you want to make more money go for as much education as you possibly can because this type of work is constantly looked upon as you're not smart enough. Shut up and take out the trash and mop the floors.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 919 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salaries

▲17%

▲11%

▲1%

National Average
$44,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 919 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 18%