Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
100,270 1.3 % $22.09 $45,940 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.10 $17.47 $21.31 $25.96 $30.48
Annual Wage (2) $31,410 $36,340 $44,330 $54,000 $63,410


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 69,350 1.31 $21.92 $45,590
Offices of Physicians 12,450 0.50 $22.46 $46,720
Outpatient Care Centers 9,500 1.29 $22.45 $46,700
Offices of Dentists 4,450 0.50 $21.39 $44,490
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,440 0.58 $23.55 $48,980

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 69,350 1.31 $21.92 $45,590
Outpatient Care Centers 9,500 1.29 $22.45 $46,700
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,440 0.58 $23.55 $48,980
Offices of Dentists 4,450 0.50 $21.39 $44,490
Offices of Physicians 12,450 0.50 $22.46 $46,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services (8) (8) $28.35 $58,960
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $26.26 $54,620
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 470 0.02 $26.07 $54,230
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 90 0.04 $24.36 $50,680
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 530 0.19 $24.05 $50,020


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 9,790 0.85 1.16 $21.68 $45,100
California 9,300 0.60 0.83 $28.55 $59,380
Florida 6,680 0.84 1.16 $19.73 $41,040
New York 5,180 0.58 0.79 $24.78 $51,530
Ohio 3,830 0.73 1.00 $19.73 $41,040



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)
South Dakota 460 1.12 1.54 $18.83 $39,170
Mississippi 1,220 1.10 1.52 $18.30 $38,070
Idaho 680 1.06 1.46 $20.71 $43,080
Massachusetts 3,440 1.01 1.39 $24.71 $51,400
Tennessee 2,780 0.99 1.36 $18.97 $39,460



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 810 0.65 0.90 $29.22 $60,770
California 9,300 0.60 0.83 $28.55 $59,380
District of Columbia 290 0.43 0.58 $26.30 $54,700
Hawaii 360 0.59 0.81 $26.17 $54,440
Connecticut 980 0.59 0.81 $25.66 $53,380




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,960 0.61 0.84 $25.84 $53,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,790 0.68 0.93 $27.22 $56,610
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,580 0.88 1.21 $22.92 $47,660
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,940 0.83 1.15 $22.10 $45,960
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,900 1.08 1.48 $25.20 $52,410
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,640 0.66 0.91 $20.02 $41,630
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,540 0.82 1.13 $24.27 $50,480
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,460 0.41 0.56 $22.76 $47,340
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,210 0.92 1.27 $23.93 $49,780
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.49 0.67 $26.43 $54,970