There are a few things that can influence a surgical technologist salary. As with any career, training, experience and location are the three main factors that will determine what your salary will be. Other factors can impact total pay, including overtime, bonuses and profit sharing. Some employers may offer a wide range of benefits, not limited to just dental and medical insurance but also including the availability of retirement plans, tuition reimbursement or even relocation assistance.
Other considerations are the number of available jobs compared to the amount of surgical technologists in your area. If there are more jobs than there are individuals to fill the positions, the value of your skill increases and salaries will become more competitive as employers compete to fill positions.
Certification can not only greatly increase the chance of finding a position but can also lead to higher salaries. Having neuroscience, neurosurgery, open heart and vascular skills can also positively affect a surgical technologist salary.