Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

29-2055 Surgical Technologists

Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
94,490 1.3 % $20.41 $42,460 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.87 $16.32 $19.69 $23.42 $28.44
Annual Wage (2) $28,860 $33,950 $40,950 $48,710 $59,150


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 65,390 1.26 $20.06 $41,730
Offices of Physicians 12,070 0.51 $21.57 $44,860
Outpatient Care Centers 7,810 1.28 $21.51 $44,730
Offices of Dentists 4,020 0.48 $18.35 $38,170
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,220 0.55 $23.01 $47,860

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 7,810 1.28 $21.51 $44,730
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 65,390 1.26 $20.06 $41,730
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,220 0.55 $23.01 $47,860
Offices of Physicians 12,070 0.51 $21.57 $44,860
Offices of Dentists 4,020 0.48 $18.35 $38,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Individual and Family Services (8) (8) $24.10 $50,140
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 790 0.12 $23.54 $48,960
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 800 0.03 $23.03 $47,900
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,220 0.55 $23.01 $47,860
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 370 0.15 $21.96 $45,680


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 9,440 0.92 1.24 $20.00 $41,600
California 8,900 0.63 0.86 $24.97 $51,940
Florida 6,630 0.93 1.26 $18.34 $38,140
New York 5,000 0.59 0.81 $22.26 $46,310
Ohio 3,510 0.71 0.96 $19.39 $40,330




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 820 1.27 1.72 $21.08 $43,840
Mississippi 1,340 1.25 1.69 $15.77 $32,800
Oklahoma 1,820 1.21 1.65 $16.73 $34,800
Tennessee 2,990 1.15 1.56 $17.39 $36,160
South Dakota 440 1.11 1.51 $17.64 $36,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 680 0.61 0.82 $25.96 $53,990
Hawaii 260 0.45 0.61 $25.16 $52,340
Alaska 140 0.46 0.62 $25.06 $52,130
California 8,900 0.63 0.86 $24.97 $51,940
Massachusetts 2,410 0.76 1.03 $23.80 $49,500





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,870 0.57 0.77 $23.41 $48,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,760 0.72 0.98 $23.22 $48,290
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,130 0.83 1.13 $21.88 $45,500
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,700 0.83 1.13 $19.50 $40,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.71 0.96 $20.90 $43,480
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.39 0.53 $20.93 $43,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,400 0.63 0.85 $20.02 $41,640
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,370 0.81 1.10 $23.47 $48,820
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,350 0.81 1.09 $24.28 $50,500
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,200 0.96 1.31 $22.75 $47,320




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florence, SC 250 3.10 4.21 $17.97 $37,370
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 110 2.44 3.31 $20.38 $42,380
Jackson, TN 140 2.44 3.31 $16.44 $34,200
Rochester, MN 210 2.15 2.92 $26.44 $55,000
Johnson City, TN 160 2.10 2.85 $16.45 $34,220
Gainesville, FL 240 2.03 2.75 $17.63 $36,670
Abilene, TX 130 2.01 2.73 $14.99 $31,190
Tyler, TX 170 1.93 2.61 $17.57 $36,550
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 370 1.89 2.57 $22.04 $45,840
Gainesville, GA 130 1.87 2.54 $18.04 $37,530