There are a lot of things that will determine what your wages and or salaries will be if you decide to go into the field of becoming a surgical technician.
First and foremost you must be sure that this is what you want to do. In order to make money, you are going to have to invest some time and some of your own money.
The first step is to look at what degree you want to receive. You can go through a quick nine-month course that can cost you as little as $1000, but are you going to come out qualified? Most employers are looking for someone with at least a two-year degree from an accredited university or tech school. Some universities and degree programs can cost up to $30,000, but there are many options out there. You can look into scholarships or maybe you already have a job that offers tuition reimbursement for advancement. The need for technologists is on the rise, so it’s a wise decision to look into an accredited program where you will leave with a certificate with advanced standing.
Now onto salaries. Surgical technician pay scale can vary greatly. On the average, technicians can make $40,000. Salaries depend on your specialty, location of your job, such as town or state, experience, and your certification status. Surgical technology is a great field to get into now. Employment is growing, and many opportunities are available.
Most jobs will offer a benefits package, which may include some of the following benefits. Most will include paid vacations, sick leave, health, medical and retirement benefits. Some may even provide tuition reimbursement and child care arrangements. The key is to do your homework and find the right job for you.
Pay scale can also depend on what field you specialize in and how far your education and training may take you. Some surgical technicians have been known to make over $100,000 and more! If you specialize in fields such as neurosurgery or open heart surgery you are bound to make more money. With additional training, you can become what’s called a first assistant where you can earn even more money.
Being a surgical technician can be a great job. You can become a well paid surgical professional while doing a job that you love. You will become an important part of a team of medical professionals who provide comfort and care to those in need.