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Sterile services technician Average UK Salary & Prospects

Sterile services technicians clean and decontaminate equipment used in hospital operating theatres, clinics and wards.

  • Operate and maintain steam autoclaves, keeping records of loads completed, items in loads, and maintenance procedures performed.  
  • Clean instruments to prepare them for sterilization.  
  • Record sterilizer test results.  
  • Organize and assemble routine or specialty surgical instrument trays or other sterilized supplies, filling special requests as needed.  
  • Examine
Read more about Sterile services technician

Sterile services technicians typically work around 40 to 42 hours per week.

As a Sterile services technician you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely
  • Read more about Sterile services technician
    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    37,669 GBP *
    per year
    17,652 GBP
    23,761 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Sterile services technician

    Men make 23% more than Women
    76% of Sterile services technicians are men
    Big gender gap
    • 39,948 GBP
    • 30,580 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Sterile services technician
    Average salary for full-time Sterile services technician

    • 14,925 GBP
    • 37,669 GBP
    • 30,580 GBP
    • 39,948 GBP
    Pay over time for Sterile services technician

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 36,231 GBP
    • 38,218 GBP
    • 35,625 GBP
    • 37,421 GBP
    • 37,730 GBP
    • 37,669 GBP

    Future outlook for Sterile services technicians

    Balanced outlook
    33 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    1% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Very good outlook
    36% chance of automation in the future

    Sterile services technician - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Sterile services technician and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 44% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
    • 31% of people in this role have a post-secondary qualification such as a Higher National Diploma
    • 15% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree

    You could do a college course like a Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science or A level Biology or Chemistry. This may give you an advantage when applying for a trainee job after you finish.

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Sterile services technician


    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Sterile services technician.
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
    Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Sterile services technician. Check that you know:
    Calendar and scheduling software Calendar software; McKesson ANSOS One-Staff
    Data base user interface and query software Database software; Sharepoint Portal Server
    Inventory management software Inventory tracking software; Pyxis MedStation software
    Medical software MEDITECH software
    Spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel
    Improve your skills today


    Things to highlight for your Sterile services technician interview

    Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Independence Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

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