Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
97,150 1.2 % $20.91 $43,480 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.29 $16.61 $20.09 $24.28 $28.96
Annual Wage (2) $29,710 $34,560 $41,790 $50,500 $60,240


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 67,230 1.28 $20.53 $42,700
Offices of Physicians 11,720 0.49 $21.88 $45,500
Outpatient Care Centers 8,560 1.34 $21.91 $45,560
Offices of Dentists 4,120 0.49 $19.45 $40,460
Employment Services 1,350 0.04 $23.24 $48,340

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 8,560 1.34 $21.91 $45,560
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 67,230 1.28 $20.53 $42,700
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,350 0.59 $23.10 $48,060
Offices of Dentists 4,120 0.49 $19.45 $40,460
Offices of Physicians 11,720 0.49 $21.88 $45,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 790 0.11 $24.95 $51,900
Individual and Family Services (8) (8) $24.44 $50,830
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 700 0.02 $23.86 $49,620
Employment Services 1,350 0.04 $23.24 $48,340
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,350 0.59 $23.10 $48,060


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 9,720 0.92 1.23 $20.65 $42,940
California 9,250 0.65 0.87 $26.32 $54,750
Florida 6,440 0.89 1.19 $18.62 $38,720
New York 5,060 0.59 0.79 $22.42 $46,640
Ohio 3,710 0.73 0.98 $19.96 $41,510




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 1,450 1.34 1.80 $15.79 $32,850
Tennessee 3,130 1.18 1.58 $17.96 $37,360
Oklahoma 1,780 1.17 1.56 $17.30 $35,980
Kentucky 1,940 1.10 1.48 $18.18 $37,810
South Dakota 430 1.08 1.45 $17.75 $36,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,250 0.65 0.87 $26.32 $54,750
Nevada 820 0.73 0.98 $25.96 $53,990
Alaska 150 0.46 0.62 $25.79 $53,640
Hawaii 260 0.44 0.60 $25.69 $53,440
Connecticut 890 0.55 0.74 $25.40 $52,830





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 2,960 0.57 0.77 $23.44 $48,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,610 0.67 0.90 $24.52 $51,000
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,120 0.80 1.07 $22.74 $47,310
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,110 1.01 1.35 $20.31 $42,250
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,540 0.42 0.57 $21.51 $44,740
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,500 0.67 0.89 $20.38 $42,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,480 0.63 0.85 $23.34 $48,560
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,310 0.76 1.01 $23.22 $48,290
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,300 0.76 1.02 $24.20 $50,340
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,150 0.91 1.23 $22.99 $47,820




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 230 2.83 3.79 $18.24 $37,930
Jackson, TN 150 2.51 3.36 $16.24 $33,780
Lake Havasu City - Kingman, AZ 100 2.29 3.07 $20.91 $43,500
Abilene, TX 140 2.29 3.07 $15.90 $33,080
Lawton, OK 90 2.20 2.95 $19.11 $39,750
Hattiesburg, MS 120 2.08 2.80 $15.31 $31,840
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 90 2.08 2.79 $20.58 $42,800
Missoula, MT 120 2.07 2.77 $20.58 $42,820
Gainesville, FL 240 2.03 2.72 $18.00 $37,440
Rome, GA 70 1.96 2.63 $17.67 $36,750