Industries where you can work as a Surgical Technician include: hospitals, care centers, physicians, health practitioners, dentists, educational institutes, and various others. The highest number Surgical Technicians are employed in the state of California with more than 9000 employees. The average Surgical Tech salary is 39,920, the service sector is experiencing growth thus there is major room of employment in this field. The Surgical Technician Salary 2011 for entrance level and higher level technicians is as follows:
- Entrance Level Salary:
People just entering the field who have just gained their education on this field and are new to this field earn around $28,100 per year and the rate is expected to increase with increase in their expertise.
- Higher Level Salary:
Surgical Technician Salary for higher level technicians is $57,330 because of their high level of education and experience which they have accumulated over the years by working in this field.
- Time period to reach Higher Level Salary:
If you gain education before entering the field, you may have to spend 9 to 24 months in getting a certificate or degree. But once you enter the field with the degree, you excel at a faster pace and in no time you can gain higher level salary. Where as, if you start without education; your progress is slower.
Duties of a Surgical Technician:
According to Association of Surgical Technologists and American Collage of Surgeons, a surgical tech has to work as scrub surgical technologist and has to handle surgical instruments and supplies required during a surgery. He needs to be aware of the surgical procedure that is being carried out and he should have the instinct to recognize the needs of the surgeon during the procedure. During his job he has to clean the surgical instruments and has to make them available at the right time to the right people.