$41,138
Avg. Salary
$19.83
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$814

Bonus

$1,500

Profit Sharing

$6,500

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Surgical Technician is $19.83 per hour.

The average pay for a Surgical Technician is $41,138 per year.

10%
$14.46
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$19.83
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$28.54
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$27k
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$41k
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$59k
90%
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MEDIAN $41,138
$27,019 - $59,402
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MEDIAN: $41,138
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$14.46 - $28.54
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$0$60K
Salary $27,019 - $59,402
Bonus $3.30 - $3,394
Profit Sharing $126 - $3,973
Commission $6,500
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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$30,027 - $60,869
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 329
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $14.46 - $28.54
Hourly Tips $0.75
Overtime $18.20 - $42.65
Annual Data $0$60K
Bonus $3.30 - $3,394
Commission $6,500
Profit Sharing $126 - $3,973
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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$30,027 - $60,869
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,084

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: $41,949

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 Oklahoma City:
"Open Heart Scrubbing."
Pros: Born and raised OKC. Central location.
Cons: Pay and the weather no beach and out door activity.

Surgical Technician in Fort Wayne:
Pros: Small town, work is close to home. Smaller hospital so everyone knows everyone.
Cons: I don't have anything bad to say about working in Fort Wayne.

Surgical Technician in Clermont:
"Good."
Pros: The area is well established and everything is in close proximity.
Cons: There has not been a market adjustment in a long time.

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.

Surgical Technician in Raleigh:
"Most surgeons are creepy."
Find a better line of work. You will be under paid and under valued.

Surgical Technician in Jacksonville:
"Be like a duck."
Let the "water" or insults roll off your back. Never take anything said personally. Show little emotions in stressful situations. Know your instrumentation and know how to keep you and your field sterile.

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Key Stats for Surgical Technician

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 242 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Surgical Technician Salaries

▲19%

▲10%

▼0%

National Average
$42,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Surgical Technician Salaries

▲20%

▲16%

ophthalmology
▲9%

▲8%

plastic surgery
▲8%

▲7%

Neuro
▲4%

▲3%


Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
▲2%

Optometry
▼0%

Gynecology
▼0%

National Average
$42,000


Medicine / Surgery
▼2%

Surgical Technician
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 242 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 21%