Average Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with Operating Room / OR Skills Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with Operating Room / OR skills is $20.95.
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Hourly Rate
$16 - $29
$206 - $3,054
Profit Sharing
$388 - $3,710
$0 - $3,150
Total Pay
$34,068 - $62,302

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Job Description for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

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.
The top respondents for the job title Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) are from the companies HCA, Inc., Indiana University (IU) Health and United Surgical Partners Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Fairview Hospital where the average pay is $30.37. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include United Surgical Partners Inc. and Texas Health Resources, earning around $28.44 and $25.80, respectively. Baptist Hospital pays the lowest at around $16.77. Indiana University (IU) Health and HCA, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $21.43 and $22.77, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

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

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

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 $17.83 based on 83 salaries. An early career Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.11 based on 933 salaries. A mid-career Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.33 based on 633 salaries. An experienced Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $24.18 based on 581 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $25.
Employees with Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 35.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (31.1% more) and Dallas, Texas (16.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Nashville, Tennessee (1.0% less) and San Antonio, Texas (0.2% less).

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