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Central supply technicians are also known as medical equipment preparers. A central supply technician performs duties similar to those of a surgical technologist. Surgical technologists and supply technicians perform sterilization and medical set-up procedures before surgery. Generally, a surgical technologist needs a certificate, diploma or associate’s degree. A central supply technician needs a high school diploma coupled with sterilization knowledge and mechanical aptitude. Although some duties overlap, central supply technicians earned nearly $11,000 less than a surgical technologist in 2010.
National Mean Wages
The variation in earnings probably relates to the lower education requirements. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, central supply technicians earned a national annual mean wage of $30,350 or $14.59 per hour in 2010. Surgical technologists earned a national annual mean wage of $41,310 or $19.86 hourly, which computes to a $10,960 wage difference.
Central Supply Median Wages
Central supply technicians earned an annual median wage of $29,490 or $14.18 per hour. Technicians in the lower 10th percentile earned an annual mean wage of $20,460 or $9.84 hourly. Supply technicians in the lower 25th percentile earned a median hourly wage of $11.71 or $24,360 annually. Wages for central supply technicians in the 75th and 90th percentiles exceeded the median wage by $6,130 and $12,040 in 2010, respectively. Based on BLS reports, central supply technicians in the 75th percentile earned $35,620 or $17.13 while supply technicians in the 90th percentile earned $41,530 annually or $19.97 hourly.
Surgical Technologist Median Wage
BLS wage statistics report an annual median wage of $39,920 for surgical technologists, which equals a median hourly wage of $19.19. Technologists in the lower 10th percentile earned $28,100 annually or $13.51 per hour. The lower 25th percentile earned an hourly wage of $16.06 or annual median wage of $33,400. Those in the 75th and 90th percentiles earned $47,570 and $57,330 or $22.87 and $27.56 an hour, respectively.
Wages by Industry
General medical and surgical hospitals employed 32,940 central supply technicians at an annual mean wage of $30,820 in 2010, according to BLS occupational wage reports. Outpatient care centers paid 2,710 central supply technicians an annual mean wage of $31,340. Colleges, universities and professional schools paid $31,790 to 770 central supply technicians. The federal executive branch employed 60 central supply technicians at an annual mean wage of $38,700. Employment services employed 50 central supply technicians at an annual mean wage of $35,040. Specialty industries employed 660 supply technicians at $34,790 per year.
2018 Salary Information for Surgical Technologists
Surgical technologists earned a median annual salary of $47,300 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, surgical technologists earned a 10th percentile salary of $36,980, meaning 90 percent earned more than this amount. The 90th percentile salary is $55,030, meaning 10 percent earn more. In 2018, 112,100 people were employed in the U.S. as surgical technologists.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Surgical Technologists
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010: 31 – 9093 Medical Equipment Preparers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010: 29 – 2055 Surgical Technologists
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Surgical Technologists
- Career Trend: Surgical Technologists
Residing in Clarksville, Tenn., Patrice D. Wimbush has been writing since 2002, with her work appearing on various websites. Her areas of writing expertise are contract and criminal law. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Murray State University and a Master of Arts in communication from Austin Peay State University.