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2310-Surgical Procedures Technician

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Surgical Procedures Technician

Job classification

TitleSurgical Procedures Technician
Overtime eligibility Covered (Non-Z) - Nonexempt
Labor agreement SEIU 1021
Effective dateMay 07, 2015

Current compensation plan

Effective: Jan 06, 2024

See Historic and future compensation information for this class

Step: Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Rate /hr: $41.9250 $44.0375 $46.2250 $48.5750 $50.9875
Rate /biweekly: $3,354.00 $3,523.00 $3,698.00 $3,886.00 $4,079.00
Rate /year: $87,204 $91,598 $96,148 $101,036 $106,054

Job description



JOB CODE: 2310


Under supervision of a Registered Nurse and/or Physician, acts as a technically trained assistant to a physician in a nursing capacity under conditions of asepsis as defined in the Operating Room or Burn Unit; arranges sterile setup for surgical and burn procedures; passes instruments, sponges and sutures to surgeons and nurses; prepares and decontaminates equipment and sterile supplies; assists in cleanup of the operating room or burn unit; checks placement and operation of equipment; makes frequent contacts with nurses, surgeons, other hospital employees and patients; and performs related duties as required.


Positions in this classification differ from class 2320 Registered Nurse in that the latter performs duties with more independence and under more general direction and is held professionally responsible for the work. Class 2310 Surgical Procedures Technician differs from class 2302 orderly in that the former class performs more technical and specialized paraprofessional duties. Additionally, positions in class 2302 Orderly do not assist in surgery or have responsibilities for sterile procedures associated with a Burn Unit or Operating Room.



According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. As a scrub assistant, creates a sterile field for operations and dressing changes; scrubs, dons and removes gowns and gloves for self and doctors in prescribed manner; sets up sterile tables, drapes patient and anticipates needs of and assists physician by selecting and receiving instruments and supplies; holds retractors if requested; after operation, removes linens, drapes and equipment, and prepares operating room for next operation.

2. As a circulating assistant, under the direction of a Registered Nurse, arranges operation set-ups with any variations requested by physician; assists in the cleaning and preparation of the physical setting, placing furniture, drapes and equipment in correct position, assists patient from bed to operating table or mobilizer; assists with skin preparation, application of routine body restraints and positioning of patient; assists with dressing and transfer of the patient.

3. As a burn care assistant, debrides wounds using sharp instruments and enzymatic debriders; applies and removes dressings, applies autographs or homographs, assists patients in range of motion exercises, positions splints when used; performs hydrotherapy; and applies topical anti-microbials as ordered.

4. Maintains cleanliness and order of supplies and equipment; keeps environment clean; opens sterile packs and dispenses supplies, arranges sterile instruments and supplies in specific fashion; cleans, decontaminates, and replenishes supplies and equipment; cleans and sets up Hubbard tank.

5. Restocks, assembles and sets up supplies, instruments, and other equipment; cleans, oils and stores instruments as prescribed; selects instrument sets for surgery; reports broken equipment to supervisor.

6. May explain hospital rules, regulations, and procedures to patients; assists nurses in orienting other personnel in procedures and equipment used.

7. May take vital signs and routine swab wound cultures; may measure and record urine output.


Requires basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Requires thorough knowledge of: surgical and/or burn care techniques and procedures, including principles, practices, and techniques of asepsis; various types of special instruments and equipment used in operating room and/or burn unit procedures. Requires familiarity with new developments and trends related to Operating Room or Burn Unit techniques and procedures.

Requires demonstrated skill in: Utilization and maintenance of various instruments and equipment used in operating room and/or burn care procedures; organizing skills as related to surgical procedures; nursing skills and practices.

Requires ability to: follow oral and written instructions; cope with surgical problems; carry out hospital rules, policies and procedures as related in Operating Room or Burn Unit; work closely and effectively with team members; assist nurses in orienting other personnel to techniques, procedures and equipment; explain procedures to patients; assemble equipment.


These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.


Possession of a certificate of graduation/diploma from a school of surgical technology accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); OR

Completion of comparable surgical technology training in an accredited community college, the military service, or an accredited nursing education program. OR


Two (2) years of experience performing scrub duties in an acute care hospital providing elective and emergency surgery within the last five (5) years may be substituted for the required education.

License and Certification:




AMENDED DATE: 10/17/1983; 5/7/2015

REASON FOR AMENDMENT To accurately reflect the current tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities defined in the most recent job analysis conducted for this job code.


Standard information

Disaster service work

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Historic and future compensation

Effective (Sched) Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Jan 06, 2024 (Y) $41.9250 $44.0375 $46.2250 $48.5750 $50.9875
Jul 01, 2023 (X) $41.0000 $43.0625 $45.2125 $47.5000 $49.8625
Jul 01, 2022 (W) $40.0000 $42.0125 $44.1125 $46.3375 $48.6500
Jan 08, 2022 (V) $38.0000 $39.9125 $41.9125 $44.0250 $46.2250
Jul 01, 2021 (U) $37.8125 $39.7125 $41.7000 $43.8000 $46.0000
Dec 26, 2020 (T) $36.5250 $38.3625 $40.2875 $42.3125 $44.4375
Jul 01, 2020 (S) $35.4625 $37.2500 $39.1125 $41.0750 $43.1375

Historic compensation data is provided in hourly pay.

Sources: San Francisco Open Data Portal: Compensation plan table