Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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.

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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)
72,040 4.3 % $15.36 $31,960 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.54 $12.50 $15.00 $17.66 $20.90
Annual Wage (2) $21,920 $26,000 $31,210 $36,740 $43,470

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
General medical and surgical hospitals 53,130 $15.08 $31,360 1 9
Offices of physicians 7,000 $16.96 $35,280 2 3
Outpatient care centers 2,600 $16.60 $34,530 3 4
Other hospitals 1,120 $15.22 $31,670 4 7
Offices of other health practitioners 520 $17.92 $37,280 5 1

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Offices of other health practitioners 520 $17.92 $37,280 5 1
Employment services 460 $17.62 $36,650 6 2
Offices of physicians 7,000 $16.96 $35,280 2 3
Outpatient care centers 2,600 $16.60 $34,530 3 4
Other ambulatory health care services 330 $15.88 $33,040 8 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
South Dakota 370 $13.53 $28,130 0.102% 247
Mississippi 960 $11.65 $24,220 0.088% 407
Tennessee 2,170 $15.15 $31,500 0.083% 325
Oklahoma 1,120 $13.03 $27,100 0.079% 381
Kentucky 1,330 $14.09 $29,310 0.077% 318

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Arizona 1,300 $18.69 $38,880 0.058% 229
Maryland 1,240 $18.48 $38,450 0.051% 282
Idaho 230 $18.35 $38,160 0.041% 176
Minnesota 1,600 $18.34 $38,140 0.061% 314
Connecticut 1,030 $18.11 $37,660 0.063% 322

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Rochester, MN MSA 350 $17.72 $36,860 0.367%
Jackson, TN MSA 160 $14.84 $30,870 0.290%
Rapid City, SD MSA 80 $14.84 $30,880 0.159%
Peoria-Pekin, IL MSA 250 $15.11 $31,440 0.157%
Redding, CA MSA 100 $15.17 $31,550 0.155%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Tucson, AZ MSA 320 $21.72 $45,170 0.097%
Oakland, CA PMSA 440 $21.18 $44,050 0.044%
Benton Harbor, MI MSA 50 $20.29 $42,210 0.078%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 410 $19.58 $40,730 0.041%
Duluth-Superior, MN-WI MSA 100 $19.18 $39,890 0.089%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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