Surgical Technician Salary

Earnings for Surgical Technicians in the United States come in at around $19.48 per hour on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Female Surgical Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$27,828 - $58,720
$28K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,652
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50%
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$14.40 - $27.93
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$20
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MEDIAN: $19.62
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$0$60K
Salary $27,828 - $58,720
Bonus $0.00 - $4,894
Profit Sharing $1,250
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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$29,966 - $60,019
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 203
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $14.40 - $27.93
Hourly Tips $0.75
Overtime $18.01 - $42.67
Annual Data $0$60K
Bonus $0.00 - $4,894
Profit Sharing $1,250
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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$29,966 - $60,019
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,156

Job Description for Surgical Technician

A surgical technician - sometimes called a surgical tech, OR (operating room) tech or scrub tech - typically work in a large hospital, a day-surgery center, or a specialty outpatient center.

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Surgical Technician Tasks

  • Scrub, assist, and anticipate physicians' needs during surgical procedures.
  • Apply specialized knowledge in various surgical procedures to expedite process and reduce patient risk.
  • Assist in the preparation of the surgical area.

Common Career Paths for Surgical Technician


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Surgical Technicians who go on to become Physician Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Physician Assistants is $84K annually. Surgical Technicians most often move into positions as Operating Room Registered Nurses or Registered Nurses; those groups report median salaries that are $22K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

Surgical Technician Job Listings

Popular Skills for Surgical Technician


Survey takers working as Surgical Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Robotics, Urology, and ophthalmology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 18 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Surgical Technician. Most people familiar with General Surgery also know Orthopedics.

Pay by Experience Level for Surgical Technician

Pay by Experience for a Surgical Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Surgical Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 690 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Surgical Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 335 salaries. An experienced Surgical Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 376 salaries. A Surgical Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 175 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,437

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

Surgical Technicians will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Surgical Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Nashville (+21 percent), New York (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and San Diego (+16 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Employers in Chicago and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Surgical Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Surgical Technician?

Surgical Technician in Fairfield:
"Focused, objective driven work."
Pros: The medicine and the surgery. Watching surgical techniques, and participating in advanced operations.
Cons: Interpersonal issues. Egos. Slow operations compared to the civilian sector.

Surgical Technician in Vero Beach:
Pros: That I am able to help the animals.
Cons: That the small business I was working for went corporate.

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Key Stats for Surgical Technician

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Surgical Technician Salaries

▲21%

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$41,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Surgical Technician Salaries

▲21%

▲17%

ophthalmology
▲10%

▲9%

plastic surgery
▲9%

▲8%

Neuro
▲5%

▲4%


Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
▲3%

Gynecology
▲2%

Optometry
▲1%


National Average
$41,000

Medicine / Surgery
▼1%

Surgical Technician
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 18%