Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
106,470 1.1 % $23.11 $48,060 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.61 $18.28 $22.26 $27.27 $32.21
Annual Wage (2) $32,470 $38,020 $46,310 $56,720 $67,000


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 75,860 1.38 $22.85 $47,520
Outpatient Care Centers 12,170 1.38 $24.37 $50,690
Offices of Physicians 10,660 0.42 $23.08 $48,000
Offices of Dentists 2,970 0.32 $21.91 $45,570
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,480 0.57 $25.39 $52,810

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 75,860 1.38 $22.85 $47,520
Outpatient Care Centers 12,170 1.38 $24.37 $50,690
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,480 0.57 $25.39 $52,810
Offices of Physicians 10,660 0.42 $23.08 $48,000
Offices of Dentists 2,970 0.32 $21.91 $45,570

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) $29.85 $62,080
Employment Services 1,420 0.04 $25.82 $53,710
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 540 0.18 $25.77 $53,600
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,480 0.57 $25.39 $52,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 370 0.01 $25.10 $52,220


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 9,800 0.59 0.79 $29.44 $61,240
Texas 9,470 0.80 1.07 $23.31 $48,480
Florida 7,070 0.84 1.12 $20.82 $43,300
New York 5,740 0.62 0.84 $25.61 $53,280
Michigan 4,010 0.94 1.25 $20.39 $42,410




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 950 1.38 1.85 $18.04 $37,520
South Dakota 540 1.28 1.71 $19.14 $39,800
Mississippi 1,360 1.22 1.63 $18.67 $38,840
Alabama 2,130 1.11 1.48 $17.46 $36,320
Indiana 3,210 1.07 1.43 $20.98 $43,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,800 0.59 0.79 $29.44 $61,240
Alaska 140 0.45 0.61 $28.93 $60,180
Nevada 910 0.69 0.93 $28.73 $59,750
District of Columbia 270 0.38 0.52 $27.94 $58,120
Hawaii 260 0.41 0.54 $27.22 $56,620



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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 4,190 0.63 0.84 $27.18 $56,540
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,440 0.83 1.11 $25.12 $52,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,380 0.54 0.72 $28.45 $59,170
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,110 0.81 1.08 $22.20 $46,180
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,820 0.50 0.67 $23.32 $48,510
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,610 0.65 0.86 $24.28 $50,500
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,460 0.74 0.98 $24.51 $50,970
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,340 0.73 0.97 $27.60 $57,410
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,260 0.65 0.87 $27.41 $57,010
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,200 0.88 1.18 $26.62 $55,380


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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)
Morgantown, WV 180 2.73 3.65 (8) (8)
New Bedford, MA 170 2.56 3.43 $18.42 $38,310
Florence, SC 210 2.46 3.29 $18.19 $37,830
Rome, GA 90 2.45 3.28 $22.09 $45,950
Owensboro, KY 120 2.28 3.05 $19.35 $40,240
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 240 2.28 3.05 $19.13 $39,790
Beckley, WV 90 2.21 2.97 $17.21 $35,800
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 100 2.21 2.96 $16.29 $33,890
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 280 2.12 2.84 $20.10 $41,800
Greenville, NC 160 2.09 2.80 $20.11 $41,840