Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
105,720 1.2 % $22.50 $46,800 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.25 $17.78 $21.71 $26.46 $31.16
Annual Wage (2) $31,720 $36,980 $45,160 $55,030 $64,800


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 73,540 1.36 $22.26 $46,310
Offices of Physicians 12,170 0.48 $22.97 $47,770
Outpatient Care Centers 11,390 1.37 $23.28 $48,410
Offices of Dentists 3,820 0.42 $21.43 $44,570
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,330 0.52 $23.71 $49,320

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 11,390 1.37 $23.28 $48,410
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 73,540 1.36 $22.26 $46,310
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,330 0.52 $23.71 $49,320
Offices of Physicians 12,170 0.48 $22.97 $47,770
Offices of Dentists 3,820 0.42 $21.43 $44,570

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories (8) (8) $29.47 $61,300
Employment Services 1,280 0.04 $25.24 $52,500
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 570 0.20 $24.84 $51,670
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 500 0.02 $24.66 $51,290
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,330 0.52 $23.71 $49,320


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 10,800 0.92 1.22 $22.28 $46,330
California 9,750 0.61 0.81 $28.60 $59,490
Florida 6,940 0.84 1.12 $20.36 $42,350
New York 5,560 0.61 0.81 $25.18 $52,380
Ohio 4,050 0.76 1.01 $20.22 $42,060




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)
West Virginia 890 1.27 1.69 $18.23 $37,930
South Dakota 500 1.21 1.60 $18.70 $38,890
Mississippi 1,330 1.19 1.58 $18.18 $37,810
Massachusetts 3,890 1.12 1.49 $24.86 $51,710
Tennessee 3,130 1.08 1.44 $19.56 $40,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 880 0.69 0.92 $29.15 $60,640
California 9,750 0.61 0.81 $28.60 $59,490
District of Columbia 280 0.40 0.53 $26.56 $55,240
Alaska 90 0.27 0.36 $26.54 $55,200
Washington 2,150 0.70 0.93 $26.44 $55,000





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 3,980 0.60 0.80 $26.38 $54,860
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,070 1.05 1.39 $23.72 $49,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,490 0.59 0.78 $27.23 $56,640
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,920 1.06 1.41 $25.40 $52,830
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,860 0.73 0.97 $21.22 $44,130
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,780 0.73 0.97 $23.15 $48,150
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,540 0.42 0.56 $23.06 $47,960
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,540 0.80 1.06 $25.16 $52,340
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,280 0.95 1.27 $24.12 $50,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,180 0.62 0.82 $26.12 $54,320