Average Experienced Surgical Technologist Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Experienced Surgical Technologist is $23.04.
MEDIAN $23.04
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Hourly Rate
$18 - $30
$247 - $4,966
Profit Sharing
$1,448 - $3,955
Total Pay
$37,547 - $65,917

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Job Description for Surgical Technologist

Surgical Technologist 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 Surgical Technologist are from the companies HCA, Inc., Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. Reported salaries are highest at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System where the average pay is $30.39. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Memorial Hermann Hospital and United Surgical Partners Inc., earning around $29.60 and $27.76, respectively. CHS, Inc. pays the lowest at around $17.38. Vidant Health and SSM Health Care also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $19.50 and $21.06, respectively.

Career Paths

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Surgical Technologist
Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
Surgical Technician
Registered Nurse (RN), Operating Room
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Surgical Technologist

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

Pay by Experience Level for Surgical Technologist

An entry-level Surgical Technologist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $17.54 based on 384 salaries. An early career Surgical Technologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.50 based on 1,927 salaries. A mid-career Surgical Technologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.47 based on 1,269 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $25.
Employees with Surgical Technologist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 28.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (17.4% more) and Phoenix, Arizona (15.4% more).

Years of Experience

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