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The average hourly pay for a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is $21.60.
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$17 - $30
$146 - $3,105
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$278 - $3,624
$0 - $1,200
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$34,634 - $63,344
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What Do Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)s Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

4.1 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
The top respondents for the job title Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) are from the companies HCA, Inc., Indiana University (IU) Health and Tampa General Hospital. Reported salaries are highest at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System where the average pay is $28.68. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Texas Health Resources and Methodist, earning around $24.69 and $24.11, respectively. Tampa General Hospital pays the lowest at around $19.93. Ascension Health and Indiana University (IU) Health also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $20.34 and $22.82, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)s?

Skills in Operating Room / OR and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN), Surgery and General Surgery.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)s?

An entry-level Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $17.99 based on 234 salaries. An early career Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.56 based on 1,884 salaries. A mid-career Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.89 based on 1,352 salaries. An experienced Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $24.85 based on 1,320 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $26.
Employees with Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 29.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (18.0% more) and Dallas, Texas (17.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Antonio, Texas (4.2% less) and Tampa, Florida (1.6% less).

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