Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
98,450 1.2 % $21.64 $45,010 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.80 $17.11 $20.84 $25.43 $29.89
Annual Wage (2) $30,780 $35,580 $43,350 $52,890 $62,170


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 67,950 1.29 $21.45 $44,620
Offices of Physicians 11,710 0.48 $21.99 $45,730
Outpatient Care Centers 9,620 1.38 $22.16 $46,090
Offices of Dentists 4,000 0.45 $20.64 $42,920
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,540 0.63 $23.00 $47,840

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 9,620 1.38 $22.16 $46,090
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 67,950 1.29 $21.45 $44,620
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,540 0.63 $23.00 $47,840
Offices of Physicians 11,710 0.48 $21.99 $45,730
Offices of Dentists 4,000 0.45 $20.64 $42,920

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) $30.01 $62,420
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 440 0.01 $25.55 $53,130
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 560 0.07 $25.22 $52,460
Employment Services 1,370 0.04 $23.00 $47,850
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,540 0.63 $23.00 $47,840


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 9,710 0.64 0.88 $27.47 $57,140
Texas 9,250 0.82 1.13 $21.18 $44,050
Florida 6,230 0.81 1.12 $19.15 $39,820
New York 5,080 0.58 0.79 $24.04 $49,990
Ohio 3,680 0.71 0.97 $20.39 $42,420



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 470 1.15 1.57 $18.46 $38,390
Idaho 720 1.14 1.57 $20.04 $41,670
Mississippi 1,220 1.12 1.53 $17.20 $35,780
Tennessee 2,850 1.04 1.42 $18.57 $38,620
Louisiana 1,940 1.01 1.39 $18.73 $38,950



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 870 0.73 1.00 $27.64 $57,500
District of Columbia 250 0.38 0.52 $27.49 $57,170
California 9,710 0.64 0.88 $27.47 $57,140
Hawaii 350 0.58 0.79 $27.05 $56,270
Connecticut 1,040 0.63 0.87 $26.28 $54,660




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 3,400 0.63 0.87 $25.27 $52,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,900 0.72 0.98 $25.80 $53,670
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,220 0.78 1.07 $22.11 $45,990
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,960 0.88 1.20 $22.31 $46,400
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,800 1.00 1.37 $24.14 $50,220
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,560 0.65 0.89 $20.21 $42,030
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,530 0.41 0.56 $22.99 $47,810
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,440 0.79 1.08 $24.19 $50,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.48 0.67 $27.00 $56,150
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,010 0.55 0.76 $24.63 $51,230



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)
Bowling Green, KY 150 2.48 3.40 $17.86 $37,150
Florence, SC 190 2.36 3.25 $18.98 $39,480
Terre Haute, IN 150 2.26 3.10 $22.83 $47,480
Coeur d'Alene, ID 120 2.26 3.11 $18.32 $38,110
Hattiesburg, MS 130 2.24 3.08 $17.94 $37,320
Jackson, TN 130 2.21 3.04 $16.21 $33,720
Sherman-Denison, TX 90 2.12 2.92 $18.64 $38,770
Missoula, MT 120 2.12 2.91 $21.35 $44,400
Gainesville, FL 260 2.12 2.91 $17.61 $36,640
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 90 2.09 2.87 $20.55 $42,740