Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
97,930 1.1 % $21.36 $44,420 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.64 $16.91 $20.54 $25.13 $29.47
Annual Wage (2) $30,450 $35,180 $42,720 $52,270 $61,300


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 67,920 1.29 $21.02 $43,710
Offices of Physicians 11,530 0.48 $21.83 $45,400
Outpatient Care Centers 9,080 1.35 $22.54 $46,870
Offices of Dentists 3,880 0.45 $20.73 $43,120
Employment Services 1,520 0.05 $23.13 $48,110

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 9,080 1.35 $22.54 $46,870
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 67,920 1.29 $21.02 $43,710
Offices of Physicians 11,530 0.48 $21.83 $45,400
Offices of Dentists 3,880 0.45 $20.73 $43,120
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 410 0.15 $21.76 $45,270

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) $30.52 $63,480
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 800 0.11 $24.92 $51,840
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 530 0.02 $24.29 $50,530
Individual and Family Services (8) (8) $24.28 $50,500
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (8) (8) $23.39 $48,660


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)
California 9,440 0.64 0.87 $27.78 $57,790
Texas 9,230 0.85 1.14 $21.07 $43,840
Florida 6,100 0.82 1.11 $18.95 $39,420
New York 4,980 0.58 0.78 $22.79 $47,400
Ohio 3,670 0.72 0.97 $20.58 $42,800




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)
Mississippi 1,340 1.24 1.67 $16.52 $34,360
South Dakota 480 1.20 1.62 $18.27 $37,990
Tennessee 3,170 1.17 1.59 $18.69 $38,870
Idaho 710 1.15 1.56 $19.82 $41,230
Oklahoma 1,640 1.05 1.43 $17.37 $36,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,440 0.64 0.87 $27.78 $57,790
Hawaii 280 0.47 0.64 $26.80 $55,740
Nevada 840 0.73 0.99 $26.25 $54,590
Connecticut 1,100 0.67 0.91 $25.94 $53,950
Alaska 180 0.57 0.77 $25.35 $52,730





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 3,000 0.57 0.77 $24.00 $49,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,700 0.68 0.92 $26.45 $55,020
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,110 0.98 1.33 $20.93 $43,530
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,770 0.48 0.65 $22.34 $46,460
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,760 0.64 0.86 $23.39 $48,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,570 0.66 0.90 $23.86 $49,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,500 0.65 0.88 $20.17 $41,960
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,480 0.83 1.13 $22.50 $46,800
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,310 0.75 1.02 $24.29 $50,530
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,050 0.82 1.11 $25.84 $53,740




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 210 2.61 3.54 $18.32 $38,110
Jackson, TN 140 2.35 3.18 $16.79 $34,930
Sherman-Denison, TX 90 2.30 3.11 $18.11 $37,680
Terre Haute, IN 150 2.29 3.10 $22.42 $46,640
Missoula, MT 120 2.13 2.88 $21.11 $43,910
Rapid City, SD 120 2.05 2.78 $19.58 $40,730
Gainesville, FL 240 2.00 2.71 $16.95 $35,260
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 80 1.99 2.70 $21.41 $44,520
Abilene, TX 120 1.96 2.66 $16.82 $34,990
Coeur d'Alene, ID 100 1.93 2.62 $19.29 $40,110