Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
77,980 3.5 % $16.27 $33,830 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.20 $13.27 $15.94 $18.98 $21.64
Annual Wage (2) $23,290 $27,600 $33,150 $39,470 $45,000

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General medical and surgical hospitals 56,120 $15.99 $33,250
Offices of physicians 7,180 $17.03 $35,410
Offices of dentists 6,070 $16.71 $34,750
Outpatient care centers 3,940 $17.26 $35,900
Other hospitals 1,320 $15.69 $32,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Machinery and equipment rental and leasing (7) $21.50 $44,720
Offices of other health practitioners 450 $20.42 $42,480
Employment services 690 $19.65 $40,880
Home health care services 180 $18.89 $39,290
Outpatient care centers 3,940 $17.26 $35,900

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
Mississippi 1,200 $12.99 $27,020 0.110%
South Dakota 370 $14.42 $30,000 0.101%
West Virginia 620 $12.57 $26,150 0.091%
Kentucky 1,520 $14.75 $30,680 0.088%
Louisiana 1,620 $13.73 $28,560 0.087%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Arizona 1,280 $20.98 $43,640 0.056%
Maryland 1,490 $19.22 $39,970 0.061%
Alaska 80 $19.21 $39,950 0.028%
Connecticut 1,250 $19.02 $39,560 0.077%
Minnesota 1,780 $18.88 $39,260 0.069%

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 380 $18.32 $38,100 0.385%
Tyler, TX MSA 310 $15.35 $31,930 0.366%
Jackson, TN MSA 130 $15.31 $31,840 0.230%
Peoria-Pekin, IL MSA 270 $15.85 $32,960 0.165%
Jackson, MS MSA 350 $14.67 $30,510 0.163%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Tucson, AZ MSA 420 $23.05 $47,950 0.127%
Oakland, CA PMSA 470 $22.47 $46,740 0.047%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 100 $21.48 $44,680 0.111%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 470 $20.85 $43,360 0.049%
Duluth-Superior, MN-WI MSA 100 $20.80 $43,260 0.091%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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.

(7) Estimates not released.

All Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations

November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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November 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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